Whooping Cough Alert (also called Pertussis

posted Sep 3, 2010, 8:55 AM by Korby Olson
According to the Public Health Department there is a Whooping Cough epidemic in California.
Whooping Cough can cause a severe cough that may last for months and may be fatal in young babies.
Whooping Cough starts out like a common cold, and is often followed in days by severe coughing spells. (young babies may not cough and the disease can be milder in older children and adults.
The disease can spread easily at school or home.
The Pertussis vaccine given in 4-5 doses from infancy to kindergarten protects against Whooping Cough.
**A BOOSTER DOSE IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL ADULTS AND CHILDREN OVER AGE 10 TO HELP PREVENT GETTING WHOOPING COUGH, ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS A NEW BABY IN THE HOUSE.

Talk to your Doctor about getting immunized.  If you don't have health insurance the Lake County Public Health Department gives free or reduced cost immunizations. (
263-1090

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D.McDowell, RN
School Nurse MUSD
707-987-4160 ext. 8118
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