emergency situation, baby had high suspicion for whooping cough.at least 100 people exposed-what would be the appropriate course of action?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Take infor testing: You can have samples taken for pertussis testing in most emergency rooms & many clinics. The actual test may be run in a lab off site, but results are usually available within a few days at the latest. If the child was in a day care or other gathering site with known cases medication can start before results are known
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Prophylaxis: For anyone who had not had a vaccine booster on time will need post exposure prophylaxis with Azithromycin for 5 days.
Last updated Mar 14, 2019
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