January 29, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE:
Your child may have been exposed to a case of pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which become much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a whooping noise. However, coughing may be absent in children, adolescents, and adults who were previously vaccinated. There is generally no fever.
For more information about pertussis and the vaccine to prevent the disease please read this information sheet provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.