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Sunday, July 18, 2010 Martinov, Community Member, asks

Q: Can You Get Pertussis More Than Once?

I had Whooping Cough when 8 yrs. old for 84 days.  Can I get it again at age 68?  Do I need to be reimunized?  I have had several bouts of bronchitis and 3 bouts of pneumonia.  I just need to know if I am susceptible to it again. 

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Cort, Health Guide
7/19/10 11:53am

All I can tell you is what I've read on the Internet. Whooping cough is not common but it is is possible to get it more than once. The reason is that what we call Whooping Cough can be caused by several different organisms (adenovirus, mycoplasma) so its possible (but not likely) that unless they identified the pathogen that caused your original case of Whooping Cough, it could've been caused by something else. More importantly, the immunity resulting from having Whooping Cough once can differ from person to person - so while it is unusual to have it more than once it is possible. Whooping cough boosters are available if you choose to get one;  check with your doctor for more information. Good luck with your lung problems!  

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By Martinov, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 07/18/10