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Vaccines for Whooping Cough and Hepatitis A

Vaccines for Whooping Cough and Hepatitis A

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AUSTIN, Texas — As Texans head to work, school and to the store, vaccinations often become a top priority for parents and children.

Health officials are encouraging Texans to get vaccines for two diseases that are expected to affect people most often: pertussis, or whooping cough, and hepatitis A.

Children and adults who have not previously been vaccinated are encouraged to get their first dose of vaccination, called the first dose, which is administered at three months.

Health officials are urging everyone who is eligible — all ages and all residents of Texas — to get a first dose of the vaccines now.

If you do not have proof of vaccination or have not received your first dose, you now have the chance and your doctor knows how to get your proof of vaccination or your first dose. The first dose can be administered at the point of service if you have it; otherwise, your doctor will schedule the next, or booster, dose.

Health officials expect everyone who has not received a first dose to have it within a month.

For more information about the vaccine and for a free Texas vaccine record card, click or tap here.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a pertussis bacteria.

The disease usually causes a cough and fever, but can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, earache, seizures or even death.

Whooping cough typically is spread through coughing and sneezing in close proximity.

Although the illness usually runs its course in six weeks or less, there is usually no recovery period because the disease is usually treated with antibiotics and a good supply of cough and cold medicines.

A few, rare but severe complications, such as seizures, breathing difficulties and death can occur in infants and some teenagers or older adults.

No vaccine exists to prevent

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