As children develop, they are vaccinated against diseases such as whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus but these immunizations don’t last forever. Booster shots are required even in adulthood to protect our own health and those around us.
Martin Vander: JP and Lisa Casino are just beginning to plan their family. And they are already doing everything they can to make sure that when time comes their baby gets the healthiest start possible. This includes making sure their own immunizations are up-to-date. Linda Yolles: People who want to start a family want to be in the best possible, that they can be before they have a child. Thinking about their immunization is one of those things. Some of the immunization is to had as children are no longer protecting them against serious illness and Whooping Cough is one of those. If a parent gets Whooping Cough they can pass it on to their infant before at that has been fully immunized at six months. And - infant can cause brain damage of even death in rare cases. Martin Vander: There is a myth that Whooping Cough is just a childhood disease. In fact half of all cases of Whooping Cough reported in Canada each year occur in adolescents and adults and many may not realize that they could pass the disease on to venerable infants. Linda Yolles: Whooping Cough is vaccine preventable illness. The best way to protect our infants is to protect the adults who take care of our infants because that's the most likely way of transmitting it. So whether be the parents who take care of the infant, the childcare workers, grandparents, or even the teens who living the house. Martin Vander: Adults should receive a tetanus and diphtheria booster every ten years by substituting on of those boosters with Adacel of vaccine that protect that tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis adult will be fully protected. Lisa Casino: When we first told our doctor that we were interested in the starting a family. She suggested that we both get vaccine for whooping Cough. And we would like to start our family healthy as possible. Martin Vander: And another patient Lisa Snider found out the first tend the importance of getting a Whooping Cough booster. Lisa Snider: I developed a Whooping Cough for about two years ago. I had no idea that adults could get Whooping Cough. It was I suffered for about three months and it was excruciating pain, tightness in the chest. It was absolutely awful. When I was all better, I went to my doctor and I got a booster shot, so I would never have to undergo the pain that I felt from Whooping Cough again. Martin Vander: If you are not sure whether you vaccinations are up-to-date speak with your doctor. You physician can also recommend whether Adacel is right for you. Martin Vander reporting.