Pertussis is a very contagious disease caused by the bordetella pertussis bacteria which is transmitted from person to person. Pertussis affects the lungs and airwaves of the infected person. Pertussis is also called whooping cough because of the sound of the serve cough it causes. Pertussis also interferes with breathing. Pertusssis can last several weeks and can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death.
The Adacel vaccine is administered to help prevent an infection of the bordetella pertussis bacteria. The vaccine may be given to people who are at least 10 years of age. The Adacel vaccine contains a small dose of the pertussis bacteria which causes the body to develop immunity against the bordetella pertussis bacteria.
This vaccine may also be administered for tetanus and diphtheria, as well as pertussis.
If you are planning to travel outside Canada and wondering if you need to get vaccinated based on your destination country, feel free to call us at (905) 475-2353 or book your appointment online for consultation with our healthcare provider.