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Can childhood vaccines for whooping cough wear off?

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Protection from the childhood vaccine is short-lived. The childhood vaccine provides good but relatively short protection. Your immunity to whooping cough starts going away 5 to 10 years after your last childhood vaccine.

Even if you've had whooping cough, your immunity to the disease can wear off.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 8, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 8, 2019

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