I'm about to find out if I've been exposed to whooping cough. I'm not concerned about getting sick, but I am worried about attending births. My exposure was 21 days ago, but I really need to be around the mother of the sick teenager - he's sick now. I know there was a run of it going around a few years ago, and some midwives had to get coverage for 3 weeks, but not before one of the newborns did get whooping cough and was hospitalized.
According to the research and the work of Hilary Butler, high doses of sodium ascorbate do the trick. Antibiotics just prolong the actual illness since it is not actually the pertussis bacteria which are the real problem but the toxins that the bacteria secret which prune the cillia from the lining of the lungs. The toxins are slowly moved into the gut to be eliminated and the antibiotics wreak havoc on the gut and it cannot properly deal with the toxins the body is trying to excrete.
THis info is from the book, Just a Little Prick by Peter and Hilary Butler.
Yes, don't take antibiotics! Sodium ascorbate is what you want.
Dh, dd and I had pertussis a few months ago and mostly it wasn't a big deal. We weren't miserably ill, we just had an annoying cough that lasted forever. I hope you don't get it, but if you do please know that it won't necessarily be that bad. I've had colds that were far more miserable. Although our cases could have been easier because we really dosed up on sodium ascorbate.