We are dealing with pertussis right now and it really sucks.
Ds (10) was vaxed and is not having any symptoms except for a slight cough a few times during the day. Same with me, just a slight cough now and then. My youngest (18 mo) had the classic whoop and is just now recovering, he only coughs a few times a day and seems fine otherwise. His coughing spell lasts only a few seconds.
The problem we are having is with Dd (4). She vomits *every* time she coughs. I have been giving everyone sodium ascorbate, but she is vomiting it up an hour or two, sometimes 5 minutes after taking it! I don't associate the throwing up to the SA, as she will vomit with or without it...
What do I do?! I'm afraid she'll lose weight. We are watching her closely for dehydration, but so far she hasn't been dehydrated. We actually took her to the Dr. last week and she was diagnosed with parapertussis... of course without any test. They assumed we vaxed (our regular Dr. wasn't in, so we saw someone else in the practice who assumed we vaxed). I'm not sure if we all have/had parapertussis or pertussis. It sure is taking it's toll, whichever it is!
*edited to add that oldest Ds is the only vaxed one in the home... except what Dh and I got as children.