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Our 3 month old baby came down with a terrible cold.  After further examination by Dr. Gordon at Pediatric Associates, he suspected the presence of Pertussis or "Whooping Cough" in our daughter.  We were sent directly over to Arnold Palmer to be further evaluated and confirmed Dr. Gordon's findings and she tested positive for Pertussis. She was admitted to the hospital for a few days and we were prescribed an antibiotic for each family member to take so that she wouldn't spread the virus along to other family members.  We were interviewed by the CDC and assigned a case worker who monitored the presence of Pertussis in our community.  Pertussis is a very serious condition in infants and she had been vaccinated only once at her 2 month well check up for DTaP.  Her symptoms included congestion, episodes of her unable to breathe or catch her breath, coughing like a seal and symptoms became progressively worse in a very short period of time.  There wasn't a cure for Pertussis and we had to give her numerous breathing treatments with a nebulizer every couple of hours, even through the night.   This lasted for weeks.

After further examination, we found out that I had contracted Pertussis and passed it onto my child.  I am a school teacher and my cold and cough (which produced far less symptoms) had been more than what we thought.  This was a very trying time as a new mom, for my husband and our daughters.  Luckily, we were told that because of her first DTaP vaccine, she had some protection to the virus and may be a reason why she was able to overcome her illness.  Today our little girl is 5 years old and very happy and healthy.  I cannot stress enough the importance of vaccinating your child with the DTaP series of shots so that another family does not have to go through what we did with this illness.


Written March 2011






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