Whooping Cough at Sibley East 31 May 13

    Pertussis (also called whooping cough) has been reported among students at Sibley East SchoolDistrict and in the community.
     Pertussis may begin with a runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, and possibly a low-grade fever.
     After 1 or 2 weeks, the cough worsens and begins to occur in sudden, uncontrollable bursts.
     These coughing attacks can end in vomiting and/or in a high-pitched whooping noise. Coughing attacks often happen at night and the cough may last up to three months.
     Protection from pertussis vaccination disappears over time. For this reason, pertussis occurs in adults, adolescents and school-aged children who may have been fully vaccinated in the past.
     Symptoms of pertussis may be milder in adults and older children who can unknowingly pass on the disease to infants who are at risk for more severe illness.

     Recommendations from health officials include:

 GET VACCINATED:
A pertussis vaccine for adolescents and adults is available and is given with the tetanus-diphtheria booster (Tdap). Adults and children 10-18 years should make sure they get their Tdap as soon as possible.

WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS:
If you or someone in your family has a cough and has had contact with someone with pertussis or has been coughing for 7 days or longer, discuss pertussis with your healthcare provider.

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