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Can you catch pertussis from the vaccine?

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I think the title says it all. We do very few vaxes and none as babies but my 12 year old got a Tdap last Friday and has a nasty cough today. Is it possible to come down with pertussis from the vax? I know it is for some diseases it is but I can't find any answers in google for this one.



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No, it's an inactivated vaccine, meaning it does not contain live virus. The "ap" stands for acellular pertussis, acellular meaning it does not contain any cells.


I believe there's a nasal spray similar to the flu shot that does contain a small amount of live virus, but the shot doesn't.

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