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As general practitioners, we are here for you during this difficult time. We test, vaccinate and look after your long-term health in relation to Corona.

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Vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough)

Vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough)

What is pertussis?

Behind it hides whooping cough. This is an infectious disease that is triggered by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The bacterium is spread all over the world and you can transmit it by coughing, sneezing or talking, i.e. through droplets. The bacteria are very easily passed on and the probability that a sick person infects all other unprotected family members is almost 100 percent.

Adults with whooping cough usually suffer from unspecific cough for weeks, on average six to seven weeks. However, they can also become severely ill. Complications occur in around a quarter of cases (e.g. weight loss, hernias and rib fractures, pneumonia or middle ear infection, incontinence, and more rarely cerebral haemorrhages). About one to four percent of all adult patients have to be treated in hospital, and these are mostly elderly people.

Deaths from whooping cough are very rare in adulthood. For infants, however, whooping cough can pose a real threat. Pneumonia and middle ear infections occur, which have to be treated in hospital and are sometimes life-threatening. Since the infection occurs mainly through close contacts (about 80% of cases) without them being aware of it, it not only makes sense to vaccinate infants against whooping cough as early as possible, but parents and other caregivers should also be vaccinated before the child is born.

Who and when should be vaccinated?

This vaccination is relevant for any age group and anyone. Especially for infant, pregnant women and close contacts of infants.

Normally, the basic immunization takes place in childhood. However, you can catch up on it at any time, for which one vaccination is sufficient in adulthood.
In adulthood, you should be vaccinated once against tetanus and diphtheria in combination with the next booster. A single vaccine against whooping cough is not available.

The permanent vaccination commission (STIKO) recommends vaccination above all for all women who wish to have children and for close contacts of babies (siblings, grandparents, babysitters, etc.) in order to prevent a risk to the newborn. If you are pregnant, you should be vaccinated against whooping cough in the last third of your pregnancy. The mother's antibodies against the disease are passed on to the child (nest protection). Of course, the vaccination also protects the mother.

How is the vaccination carried out and what must be observed?

The pertussis vaccine is an inactivated vaccine and is usually given as a combination vaccination. The vaccination is given into your upper arm muscle.

The vaccination is well tolerated. Very often, the stimulation of the body's own defences causes redness or swelling at the injection site, which may also hurt. Rarely, general symptoms such as an increase in temperature, chills, fatigue, muscle aches or gastrointestinal complaints may occur in the first three days after vaccination. Such vaccination reactions usually subside after one to three days.

What should I do?

To check whether you have been vaccinated, simply make an appointment to have your vaccination status checked at one of our Avi Medical practices and discuss with our medical team.

They will tell you whether you are already protected or whether you should receive a vaccination. Your doctors will also check whether there are other vaccinations that would be useful for you and will carry these out directly if necessary.

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