So, I got this email from Hays County Health Department...
Whooping cough begins like a cold, with a runny nose, sneezing and a cough that slowly gets worse,? said Deb Mahan, R.N., B.S.N., epidemiology nurse with the Hays County Personal Health Department. ?After a week or two, strong coughing fits occur, which in young children are often followed by a whooping sound as the child tries to catch his breath.
?The sudden increase in whooping cough cases concerns us, since in January 2009 we had only one case reported, but since early December 2009 we?ve had 24 probable cases reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services. If you suspect that you or a member of your family has whooping cough, please see your health care provider immediately,? Mahan said."
Greeeeeaaat... Granted, we rarely do anything in Hays County--we spend our time away from home in Travis County. And, I **think** my children are immunized against this...ugh...we'll see if dd's cough is any better by Friday.