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Whooping Cough/Pertussis

How Does It Spread?

  • Direct contact with liquids from the nose or mouth of an infected person
  • Even a person who's been vaccinated against pertussis can catch a secondary illness contracted by someone already infected with pertussis

What Are The Symptoms?

  • Usually begins with cold-like symptoms, often with no fever
  • Coughing may become severe, causing vomiting, loss of breath, and cyanosis (blueness)
  • Gets its name from the high-pitched crowing sound that can happen when inhaling after a coughing spell

How Long Is Someone Contagious?

  • Anyone diagnosed with pertussis should stay inside and away from most people until five days of a course of antibiotics have passed

How Can I Protect My Child?

  • Make sure your child's vaccinations are current
  • Wash your hands often
  • Make sure your children understand the importance of coughing only into the crooks of their arms
  • If you suspect your child has it, make a doctor's appointment right away
  • If a doctor tells you that your child has it, please notify Rogers-Herr right away