Pertussis or Whooping Cough is a highly contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by Bortedella Pertussis that kills close to 300,000 humans every year. It is transmitted by direct contact with airborne discharges from infected persons. Most fatalities occur in the new born population and infants in underdeveloped countries. Patients with respiratory Pertussis require hospitalization, immediate treatment with Pertussis antitoxin, appropriate antibiotics, and supportive care. Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) are more frequent in parts of the world where vaccination levels are low. It is recommended that all travelers receive a vaccine to protect themselves against Pertussis.
There are two options for vaccination against these diseases: Diphtheria and Tetanus (Td) vaccine and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap – Adacel) vaccine. Age and immunization history govern which is right for you and when you need them. Be sure to discuss the options with your Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialist.
So, if you are asking yourself, “What travel shots and vaccinations do I need?” or “Where do I get the Td and Tdap Vaccines?“call 888-499-PASS (7277) or find the Passport Health travel medicine clinic nearest you.
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