Jen (kindergarten teacher: I, too, got whooping cough from an un-immunized child in my kindergarten class last year. It was the worst thing I’ve ever been through. Before that, I was pro-vaccine with the understanding that it’s the parent’s call. Now, I am very pro-vaccine and absolutely do not understand not protecting our children in any way possible. I agree that living with someone with whooping cough would make even the staunchest anti-vaccine parent rethink their stand. I have two non-vaccinated students this year and watch them like a hawk. Any sign of anything and their parents are called. After several months of recovery, I was able to forgive (almost) the family who brought whooping cough to my class. But if my own children would have gotten it, it would not have been so easy. Luckily, all three of my kids are fully vaccinated.
Question (for teachers and other individuals who must deal with the public): How do you avoid contagious diseases such as flu, colds, whopping coughs, etc.?