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#1 of 7 Old 09-14-2005, 02:18 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm needing to know if anyone out there knows of a place that sells/distributes JUST the pertussis shot. I'm wanting to safely vaccinate my daughter...but I don't want to give her three shots in one--like the DTaP. I can really use some insight on this.
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There is no pertussis-only vaccine licensed for use in the United States.
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Nope. When I first started researching I thought that I would consider vaxing for pertussis, but 1. it's only available in combination 2. it's HIGHLY ineffective and 3. it's one of the worst out there for reactions.

When all was said and done we decided not to vax at all.

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"I'm wanting to safely vaccinate my daughter...but I don't want to give her three shots in one--like the DTaP. I can really use some insight on this."

I had a response all typed out but when I quote sometimes on threads, I seem to lose my info so i'll just use regular quotes instead of scripted quotes.

Hello there,

I wanted to speak up and tell you about the pertussis vaccine reaction my daughter had. After her 2 month shots, my daughter suffered a seizure in the middle of the night. Thank god I was there to help her through it (albeit, paniced) because who knows if she would have died or not. We spent a few days in the ER/NICU and the hospital finally concluded it was the pertussis component. That it was fairly well known to have this reaction. She also had prevnar and that also has a seizure like reaction but the hospital was pretty certain it was the pertussis. I took her to her pediatrician and the ped said that was nonsense that in her 15 yrs of being a ped that she had never heard of it so it didn't exist. Instinctively, I knew this was wrong..even though I did not know about the controversy of vaccines. This ped led me to believe that the worst my daughter would get was a fever. She was wrong. She didn't want to report it, so I had to. This showed me that the statistics are most likely skewed on how many seizures take place if other people's peds were like mine were and denied it.

Here are some links on pertussis that may interest you:

This is a good read, yes it's long though but worth it (it talks about the pertussis vaccination):

You can look up the vaccine reactions reported on dtap on the vaers database:


You can also look into what is put into the dtap vaccine and then click on that chemical and you can see what those chemicals are known to do:

A good book that you can probably get at your local library that you can go right to the pertussis section and read up on it if you'd like:

The Vaccine Guide by Randall N.

The above link has some good vaccine links as well on his homepage.

I was lucky my daughter lived through this. Others have not been as lucky. I just wish I had found this board and been told by people that this could happen to my child instead of just a fever.

Take care,

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Unfortunatley not. I have never been anti VAX until my newborn almost died from the HEP B shot. This and the DTAP are the most deadly. Please check all the statistics. Hours after the HEP B my little one stopped breathing and turned blue in my arms. This in fact is a known affect of this and the DTAP shot. If I had laid her down thinking she was asleep, they would have categorized it as SIDS. My Dr. Is completely unsupportive of me stretching the shots out. He didn't even seem to care that one almost killed her. I am leaving his practice immediately. I will get her immunized, but very very slowly. If after a year she hasn't gotten the whooping cough, I won't give her that one. It's simply deadly in those who have had a bad reaction. If not for her having issues with vaccines, I would be getting them all. Some kids just don't tolderate them and do DIE. The chances of her getting pertussis or almost dying from the shot are much less likely.  Do the resarch. It's out there. Sids happens for many reasons but one for certains is vaccines...

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Originally Posted by LongIsland View Post

There is no pertussis-only vaccine licensed for use in the United States.

Does anyone know if there's a pertussis-only vaccine ANYwhere in the world? 

Not licensed in the US... well, that doesn't mean much... there are ways to get things that aren't licensed in the US.


While I think a pertussis vax wouldn't be a horrible idea, many of the severe cases (and deaths) in infants are from kids too young to be vaccinated.


I think the diphtheria is unnecessary unless you're travelling somewhere with a high instance of diphtheria, and I'm also not opposed to a solo tetanus shot at some point after 1 year, but having to do the DT with the P... kind of a dealbreaker.   

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I don't think there is a pertussis-only vaccine anywhere in the world. It's often difficult to prove a negative, so if anyone can prove otherwise, that would be great. But I have never heard of one, and I've been interested in the subject of vaccines for over a decade.


In Australia, the monovalent pertussis vaccine was no longer available as of February 1997.


In the U.K., the monovalent pertussis vaccine was no longer available as of 1994 or before.

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