I heard third hand that my 3 year old daughter was exposed to whooping cough (pertussis). She was at a play group with a fully vaccinated child, who was diagnosed with the highly contagious infection a few days later. I was totally unprepared for what was to come, because my daughter is also vaccinated against pertussis. Here are 6 things to consider if this happens to you.
1. Figuring out the symptoms: The child had a very mild cough that the mother dismissed as a common cold. A well exam and test later revealed that it was indeed whooping cough. If this mother missed it, then it's likely that I could. I called our pediatrician to ask what symptoms I should be looking for. If a child is vaccinated and contracts whooping cough, they may not cough with the "whoop" that is characteristic of the illness. It might be a very mild cough with no fever and may behave like a mild common cold.
2. Exposure = immediate doctor visit: Because of the close contact my daughter had with thisRead More »from User post: 6 Things to Consider if Your Vaccinated Child is Exposed to Whooping Cough