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The Pennsylvania Department of Health notifies the Frazier School District of a student's diagnosis, which prompts an area to send a letter to parents on Friday.
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According to a letter from Superintendent William R. Henderson, many children in the area may have been exposed to a person who has a whooping cough – also known as whooping cough.
The letter did not specify which school attended the diagnosed child, nor did it say how many children were potentially in contact with that student.
Henderson says in the letter that whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air when a person sneezes or coughs. It starts with cold and cough symptoms that get much worse in a week or two.
The disease can be very serious and, although deaths are rare, they do occur, especially in infants.
The Health Authority recommends the following:
- If your child coughs, contact your child's doctor immediately. Explain to your doctor that your child has been exposed to a whooping cough and should be evaluated. Your child's doctor may receive a nasopharyngeal culture for pertussis testing. In addition, if your doctor suspects whooping cough, your child will be given an antibiotic to help reduce the likelihood of the disease spreading to others. Your child will be able to return to school after completing the first 5 days of taking the medication. It is very important that, after returning to school, your child continue to take his or her medication until graduation.
- Even if your child is not coughing, you may need to contact your child's doctor and explain to him or her that he or she has been exposed to the case of whooping cough, the doctor should give your child an antibiotic to reduce his chance of getting ill if he falls into one of the following categories:
- Babies and women in the third trimester of pregnancy
- All persons with previous medical conditions who may be exacerbated by whooping cough (eg, immunocompromised, severe asthma)
- Contacts who themselves have close contact with infants, pregnant women or persons with previous health conditions that may be exacerbated by whooping cough
- All high-risk contacts involving babies or women in the third trimester of pregnancy.
- Your child may attend school while taking this medicine.
- If your child is diagnosed with whooping cough, all household members and other close contacts should also be treated with antibiotics, regardless of their age or vaccination status.
- The belief that children receive all their photos on time is the best way to control whooping cough in the future. In children, the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine is only given to those under the age of 7 years. Children should receive one dose of DTaP vaccine at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months of age and between 15-18 months of age. In addition, one dose is required before school starts (on or after 4 & # 39; "birthday), consult your pediatrician to see if your child is eligible for another dose of DTaP on an accelerated schedule.
- The combined vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) is recommended for children aged 7 to 10 years (if not fully vaccinated) and adolescents and adults as a single dose and is also recommended during EACH pregnancy
- Anyone who qualifies for Tdap may receive it regardless of the interval of the latest tetanus vaccine.
If you or your doctor has a question about whooping cough, please call the Ministry of Health Care in Pennsylvania at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
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