I've read somewhere on this forum that pertussis is not always highly symptomatic with the severe cough... that some people have had it and not known it because they had milder symptoms. But I haven't found info to back it up. Anyone?
My younger son is in school. Pertussis is in the middle school and there's a good chance it will rear its head in the elementary, in which case James (being unvaxed) will be sent home for the duration. This kid LOVES school. I was thinking of bringing him in for a titer, but here's the catch: the kid's blood pressure drops as soon as someone tries to draw blood. Three different techs were unable to get a draw last time, so I don't want to torture my poor kid unless there's a real possibility his titer is high enough to let him stay in school. He had a horrible, vomiting cough when he was two years old... but it only lasted a few weeks and then he was fine, which made me think it wasn't pertussis.
Am I making sense? :) I guess I'm just wondering what the chances are of the titer being worth it.