My 10 yr old is on an All Star Softball team & since 6-19 has been having 3 hour practices every night.
This a.m., the coach calls to inform me & the other moms that a member of the team has been diagnosed w/Whooping Cough!
so, you can imagine the day we had.. calling dr's, getting appts,etc..Plus my 6 yr old has played with the sister of the infected team-mate & this child has it too.
Thankfully, my kids' vaccines are all up to date.. however, immunity does wane w/age... So my dr. prescribed preventative antibiotics ( zithromax f/5 days f/both..)
Now.. we have since found out that apparently this has been traced to a babysitter either from England, or who visited England & sat f/a member of a team.. & 5 girls from that team also have the cough..
The Dept of Health even called my house this p.m. to "interview" me by phone..
A few years ago, a friend's daughter contracted this same disease they think from a basketball camp, she was sick the whole summer *( & yes she had her vaccinations, too) Her mom had told me she had coughed so violently it made her throw up & one time she even passed out. The mom had also had just had a baby who was still too young to even have his 1st shots; he had a mild case & think maybe he received some immunity from mom since he was breastfed.
The doctor said since my girls have no symptoms, they are not contagious (I hope) & the medicine will take care of any bacteria if they do indeed have it in them...
geez,,, anyone else ever encounter this?