Whooping Cough, AKA Pertussis is now an epidemic in California. If you are an adult, it is likely that your childhood vaccine has run its course. Get to your doctor and ask if you need to get vaccinated for pertussis! Especially those of you with infants and young children! Pertussis is not to be fucked around with! Take care of yourselves and your family. I'm currently working to get a vaccine clinic set up at my work. The vaccine is safe and effective and will help save lives and keep your kids healthy. Do it! Do it!
Also, if anyone is going to Dragon*Con, they're setting up a free vaccine clinic there, so keep your eyes peeled.
Yep! Rick got that about 5-10 years ago. Insurance would not pay for diagnostic testing to be sure because he'd been immunized as a child. They wouldn't pay for a booster shot for me, either, because at the time they were still certain the shots would last a lifetime. Now, though, it's so common around here for adults who were immunized as a child to get this they now pay for the testing and the booster shots.
Go get those shots. You think the flu is bad? Whooping cough is way worse and lasts for 6 weeks.