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Whooping Cough - Public Health Notice

February 21st, 2020

 

NOTICE TO PARENTS

 

Harrison Trimble High School

Dear Parent(s),

 

Public Health would like to advise you that there has been a case of pertussis

(whooping cough) in your child’s school. For your information, we are enclosing a Fact Sheet on Pertussis.

 

If your child develops symptoms like those described in the fact sheet, please see your family physician or go to an after-hours clinic and inform them that your child may have come in contact with whooping cough. Whooping cough is spread by coughing or contact with saliva and may cause severe disease in a young child.

 

If your physician suspects that you or your child has whooping cough, appropriate testing should be done to confirm the diagnosis. A positive result will allow Public Health to do further follow up to protect others who may be at risk for this disease.

 

Please make sure that your child is up to date with his vaccination. Your child should have received a pertussis vaccine as an adolescent. After the age of 18, adults are eligible for a Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. For further information, consult with your family doctor.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Public Health at 856-3220.  We appreciate your attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Roberte Gaudet

Public Health Nurse​