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After the first couple of weeks, a weird thing happened... I started waking up coughing every night at exactly the same time (4:30 AM). Otherwise, I was fine. The coughing fits were just as severe as earlier, complete with vomiting, etc., but only occurred once a day, usually for 30-45 minutes at a time (brief breaks between spasms of 5 or 6 coughs, so I did get a chance to breathe).
So yeah, I'd call it unpleasant, but it wasn't a harrowing, life-altering experience by any means. It sucked -- but I certainly never felt my life was in danger or anything like that.
I'm really curious as to whether this bout of pertussis conferred permanent immunity on me or not.
P.S. No cracked ribs here, but I definitely coughed harder than I ever have in my life, and aside from the vomiting/peeing, I blew out a blood vessel in my eye.
|Since pertussis has shifted to older age groups [11,56] in immunized populations...it has been suggested that B. pertussis has adapted to the host population with waning immunity, in order to maintain the bacterial reservoir among older hosts [18,57].|
Aside from the same studies you folks have posted, all I have is a very recent anecdote.
DD (6 y/o) picked up pertussis, probably during a plane trip where she sat with another family. I caught it from her.
It was definitely unpleasant for both of us, but I wouldn't call it "horrific". The biggest issue was the coughing fits (paroxysms), mostly at night. There was a lot of lost sleep for everyone. It was milder for her than it was for me. Neither of us had the "whoop".
I wonder if our unborn babes are conferred immunity, at least for a while.
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