I had a follow up appointment with the doctor today after the whooping cough diagnosis. While it is virtually eradicated in children due to vaccination, the immunity you get apparently wears off. It is still rare but starting to be seen again in some adults.
It’s so unusual that the GP we spoke to yesterday didn’t even know what to do or how to treat it. The doctor today said that it just isn’t considered.
There’s been a campaign in the UK for a while saying that if you’ve had a cough for more than 3 weeks you should be considering lung cancer. In fact, there have been a number of campaigns saying you should be thinking about cancer for all sorts of things.
It scares people. Perhaps unnecessarily.
But now doctors are going to have to be seriously considering whooping cough as an option and, hopefully, catch more cases earlier.