Pertussis/Whooping cough/Kali Khasi/100 days cough are few of the names of the disease that can occur in all age groups depending on the level of immunity.
It is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. Highly contagious,usually manifesting as severe,persistent disturbing cough ,lasting for a prolonged period not responsive to antibiotics.
Primary prevention (vaccination), and supportive care during disease are the management protocols. Infants are more at risk of debilitating course of the disease and thus most countries include this vaccine in their immunisation schedule.
Current Recommendation for Pertussis vaccine
Indian Academy of Pediatrics recommends DwPT /Painful vaccine
- Primary immunisation :at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks .
- Booster dose: at one and a half years and five years.
When can you give Painless vaccine for whooping cough
- History of severe adverse effect to the previous dose of painful vaccine.
- A child having any neurological problem.
- Booster doses at one and a half years and five years.
The painful vaccine is to be preferred in all cases as it gives better protection for a longer duration. A healthy child is a happy child.As parents, we have to make choices which have the potential to change their lives forever.Stay informed, take care and take charge.
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- The Best of Indian Pediatrics (Part1)
- IAP Guide book on immunization 2013-2014