Suffolk County has had some students diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough).
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease, which affects the respiratory system. Symptoms, which may be mild at first and are similar to those of a common cold, will produce spasms of coughing that usually end in a high-pitched sounding inspiration (the characteristic “whooping” sound). Vomiting may occur after severe coughing spells. The incubation period of this disease ranges from 6 to 21 days, however, symptoms usually appear within 7-10 days of exposure. Pertussis is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing or talking.
In accordance with New York State Education regulations, all students have been immunized against pertussis, which usually prevents the occurrence of the disease. However, the Pertussis immunization is not always 100% effective and gradually can become less effective over time.
In the event your child develops any of these symptoms, please inform your Pediatrician for diagnosis and treatment.
It is also important to inform the Medical Office right away if your child contracts this disease.
Please call the Medical Office if you have any questions.