There’s a huge whooping cough outbreak at a local daycare here. The child who brought it to school was un-vaccinated, and several very little babies now have it, including a 2 month old. Over 120 children were exposed to the cough, as well as all of the adult care providers. Those adults then went home and potentially exposed their families. Several of them are sick.
Including Liam’s nanny, whose daughter works at the daycare.
I called the pediatrician. I was mildly frantic, if those two words can be meaningfully combined into one descriptor. I’m aware that both my kids are fully up to date on their vaccinations, and a couple of google searches showed me that whooping cough is one of the first shots given to babies (because it is so contagious, and so dangerous for infants.) Liam has had cold symptoms for a couple of days, which is how whooping cough presents at first (culminating in an absolutely horrifying cough that usually hospitalizes babies Liam’s age and younger – see this link for a tale of a four week old who died from it).
The pediatrician said to me – the least likely people in the world to catch this disease are your two sons, because they just had boosters. Your baby just has a cold, and he should be fine.
So, hooray for vaccinations, hooray that I don’t happen to have a brand new baby at home, hooray that I don’t happen to have a brand new baby at a daycare center that permits un-vaccinated children to attend. Cross your fingers that this does not lead to any deaths for those unlucky parents who did . . . and vaccinate your kids!