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There is a pertussis outbreak at my 4 y o dd's preschool. My (partially vaxed (1 DTap at 2.5)) daughter has a cough (very mild at this point) and just got tested today to see if she has it. We won't know for 2 days if she has it. My 17 month old has not been vaccinated and the doctor said we should bring her in TODAY for the immunization. She has shown no symptoms yet. I have a couple of questions though that I could not get clearly answered by the condescending doctor and I would love some guidance.<br><br>
- If my 17 month old has pertussis, but has not shown symptoms yet, could a shot at this point negatively affect her? Would that overtax her immune system?<br><br>
- If she hasn't been exposed yet, but may be over the next few weeks, would only one shot help her not get this?<br><br>
- Anybody have any other ideas for preventing this or lessening this?<br><br>
Incidentally - 2 of the 3 confirmed cases thus far were with fully immunized children. Though supposedly, their cases are very mild.
 

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I'm late on this, but have you made a decision?<br><br>
I wouldn't vax a 17 mo. old for WC, because of the concerns of side effects from the vaccine. I would just try to keep the child nourished and well-hydrated so that she could process any germs that come her way.
 

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Sodium Ascorbate (a buffered form of vit C) is most helpful if tried early (as opposed to 3wks in).
 

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Lots of Vit. C (sodium ascorbate is the best form), and lots of Vit. A and D. We had pertussis last winter, went through all 4 of our unvaxed kids. It was a PITA, but they all survived, lol. I didn't realize what it was initially, but had already started doing the vitamin supplements. I am sure that helped reduce the severity of the illness; if I had realized what it was, I could have really upped the dosages. Unfortunately, we were traveling at the time, so I didn't have access to much information to help me at the time. It was after the fact that I realized what we were dealing with. Having been through it, I would not vax the toddler; at this point, I don't think the vax would be of much benefit.
 

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There is a pertussis outbreak at my 4 y o dd's preschool. My (partially vaxed (1 DTap at 2.5)) daughter has a cough (very mild at this point) and just got tested today to see if she has it. We won't know for 2 days if she has it. My 17 month old has not been vaccinated and the doctor said we should bring her in TODAY for the immunization. She has shown no symptoms yet. I have a couple of questions though that I could not get clearly answered by the condescending doctor and I would love some guidance.<br><br>
- If my 17 month old has pertussis, but has not shown symptoms yet, could a shot at this point negatively affect her? Would that overtax her immune system?<br><br>
- If she hasn't been exposed yet, but may be over the next few weeks, would only one shot help her not get this?<br><br>
- Anybody have any other ideas for preventing this or lessening this?<br><br>
Incidentally - 2 of the 3 confirmed cases thus far were with fully immunized children. Though supposedly, their cases are very mild.</div>
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i had a baby from 6 weeks to 3 years, his parents were kind of absentee, and we raised him until they decided they wanted to be parents... he did receive the vax.. and still contracted pertussis. and he was treated just fine! i personally would just load up on vit c.. and wait it out... i read once somewhere- you can treat a baby with pertussis, but not if hes no longer with us. good luck momma!
 
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