Are You Sure Your Child is Protected From Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough vaccines currently exist for both adults and children. However, the vaccines are not the same and it has been reported that some children are receiving the wrong vaccine. Children who receive the adult version of the vaccine may be at risk for developing whooping cough because the adult version of the vaccine is meant to be a booster shot for someone who has already had the initial vaccine as a child.

Whooping cough outbreaks continue to occur across the country. If a medical mistake prevents a child from receiving the right vaccination then the child could be at risk. There is less protection in a booster shot than in an initial vaccination and children who only receive the adult booster may not have adequate protection against this dangerous disease.

As a parent, it is important to always ask the doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider who is administering the vaccine to read you the name on the vaccine vial to you so that you can match it to the paperwork provided by your pediatrician office before your child is vaccinated.

*Source: Philly.com/health, A Recurring Vaccine Error Puts Infants at Risk, Michael Cohen, April 10, 2012