Is there a booster schedule for adults?

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Is there a booster schedule for adults?
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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 2:50pm
Sorry to be a board hog. The old way made me look less so on the other boards I post at. Now you just see lucky, lucky, lucky everywhere.

I was just wondering if adults are supposed to get boosters. I got vaxed as a child 30 plus years ago but got pertussis about 10 years ago. If I could have gotten a vax for it, I would rather have done that then get whooping cough. It was the scariest thing. If you've ever accidentally inhaled your drink before and that feeling of your whole chest and throat just clamping down. That's what pertussis feels like. When you try and draw in your breath you truely do sound like a monster. And, when you finally can draw in breath, you cough so violently that you vomit. AND it strikes out of nowhere. I didn't know what it was. I had it for a week or so and finally went to the doc after nearly crashing my car when it happened while driving.

GIMME A SHOT ANY DAY OVER THAT!!

Lucky

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 10:30am
Carla, your discription of your husbands cough made me shudder. I remember my episode from 10 years ago. YUK!

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 10:10am
Lucky I agree and so does my DH who had it last year along with Lindsey. I would take the vax just to make sure that no other infants got it. I mean it is just not a fun thing. Yet I do not think they vax adults for it....not sure though...

I think its because older children and adults can "handle" it better. Meaning their airways are larger. Yet it is still a scarey thing to watch. I could not even look at Chris when he would have an episode. It was awful to see a man so big and strong just cough till he turned purple and feel to his knees. UGH.

These are great questions and I dont mind seeing you post alot LOL

God Bless,

Carla

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 7:07am
Eve and Catherina,

Thanks for the info. I still don't know that I would vax for anything but pertussis and tetanus. I'm not sure why, just my personal feeling. I would be interested to know how many adults do follow a booster schedule. It sounds like the boosters are mostly for folks with compromised immune systems. I feel pretty safe not vaxing for any of the others.

Lucky

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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 11:20pm
Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule US, 2002-2003:

http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/adult-schedule.pdf

Adult pertussis vaccination is in the works, I believe.

Eve

 
 
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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 3:09pm
I had pertussis as a 15 year old, whoop and all, and it ruined my Summer! Bummer is that your pertussis 10 years ago is no longer protecting you, naturally aquired immunity only lasts for 5 to 10 years, so pertussis should be on the booster list.

In Germany, you can get "Boostrix", which is an adult version of DTaP and I am going to get that when my tetanus booster is due in a couple of years. As far as I know, adults should fresh up:

tetanus and diphtheria, polio when you travel to endemic areas (I think I will forgoe the polio next time) and pertussis if you live in a country with a licenced vaccine.

Catherina