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Pertussis

This is an opportunity to review your family’s immunizations as it relates to Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Ideally, children have already received five Pertussis vaccines, and children, adolescents over age 11, and adults a booster. Please discuss the matter of immunization with your private medical provider if anyone in your home, including you:

  • will have contact with infants, toddlers, or preschoolers
  • has never received Pertussis vaccination,
  • has not completed the full series,
  • has an immune deficiency,
  • has a serious chronic medical condition,
  • is pregnant

If you have any questions about your family’s health or immunizations, please contact your private physician. The County Health Department’s Immunization Clinic is also a resource for questions about immunizations. If you have any reason to suspect that your children may have Pertussis, please do not send them to school until you have discussed the matter with your private physician. Please alert your private physician of the presence of health department confirmed Pertussis in our building. Children with Health Department confirmed Pertussis require five full days of antibiotic therapy before they may be in school. Your children’s teacher(s) can assist you with arranging for missed schoolwork if any of your children feel up to doing homework while they are out ill.

Please contact the County Health Department Immunization Clinic if you have specific concerns that the resources below do not address.


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