Glad I vaccinated - ETA The Health Dept. just called...
ETA: The freaking county health department just called and interrogated me, trying to figure out how the hell he caught this, lol. I was like, well, he goes to school... they said that they usually look at people who the patient would have had two hours of face to face contact with... outside of me, DH, and his brothers, it only could have been someone at school, since he hasn't had exposure to anyone else outside of school for anywhere near long enough. They are calling the school as well to try and trace down the source... I feel like this is getting very serious :/
I took DS11 to the pediatrician on Friday because he's had a persistent cough for a week or so. We got a call back from the registered nurse yesterday telling us that he has pertussis! I was very surprised to hear he had it, considering he is up to date on his vaccinations. Fortunately, though, because he is, he has a very mild case. He's a bit uncomfortable, but he'll be fine. Since this weekend, both of his younger brothers (DS6 and DS7) have also started exhibiting symptoms, and DS7 has been vomiting. I'm trying to hopefully get them to the pediatrician today to get them tested as well.
DS11 has to miss an entire week of school while he completes his round of antibiotics, and so will younger DS'es, if they have it as well. This sucks, because the school is anal as fuck about the kids missing school - they gave me shit on Friday about taking all three out for the dr. appointment... an hour before school ends :/
Anyways, I am annoyed that they even caught this, but I'm glad they are vaccinated and will not be too seriously affected. I DO feel bad because this is apparently going around their school - how many kids have younger siblings who may not be vaccinated yet?? The pharmacist says the CDC is stating that outbreaks are on the rise (not pointing any fingers, but I wonder why?).
Has anyone else dealt with their child getting pertussis?