February 21st, 2020
NOTICE TO PARENTS
Harrison Trimble High School
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
If you have any questions, please contact Public
Health at 856-3220. We appreciate your
attention to this matter.