This is the injection older teens and adults should receive as a booster for the original Whooping Cough (Pertussis) vaccine many received as children.
I was born before the DPT shot was around, and therefore missed out on the vaccinations against whooping cough. I found out just how serious this can be after contracting a case of it about a year ago. The cough was downright debilitating and there were days when I lay on the couch thinking it owuld be easier just to give up and die! I'm not kidding, this is rough stuff.
So in spite of that fact that I have discussed this before, I am saying it yet again. Go get your TDAP! It will not only protect you, but if infants (those who are not old enough to have gotten their complete set of DPT shots) contract this disease it can be DEADLY! It can also be deadly in older adults.
I don't know why it has taken so long for this information to share with the general public, but I am really glad to see it is finally out there. It was a topic for discussion on the news here at noon in Ogden.
I am afraid that some of the hype that has been circulated about the possible link between Autism and injections/vaccinations may cause us some very serious outbreaks of disease in the future. There has been NO proven link between vaccinations and Autism.
I am inclined to believe that Autism is more likely a result of an auto-immune response secondary to the increased use of pesticides, hormones and perservatives in the foods we consume. I really advocate that whenever you can you should choose organics or "naturally grown" (a new designation for foods not grown using pesticides) fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Stay away from Processed Foods and eat from the EDGE of the grocery store. Eat raw when you can (washing the vegetables and fruits or peeling them if they are not organically grown). Stay away from FAST FOODS people! Feeding your kids from places which lead them to believe the only vegetable is french fries will not lead to healthy children or adults.
Protest the over-use of antibiotics and hormones! And please, please protest against GMO's! The food which God (or Mother Nature if you lean that way) provided for us doesn't need altering, and we have no idea what the long term effects of genetically altered food or animals may cause.
When you can eat WILD CAUGHT fish, preferably deep water fish (and not from the waters off China and Japan for obvious reasons). Farm raised fish can have all kinds of disease problems and is fed hormones and other things to alter it. Once again KEEP IT REAL and natural. China is one of the most polluted countries in the world, and a lot of the fish from there contains very high levels of toxic metals/minerals.
When you can support your local Farmer's Market.
PEACE - LOVE & JOY