News Alert-Pertussis Case

News Alert-Pertussis Case
Posted on 03/22/2019
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Dear Parent or Guardian,

This letter is to inform you that Indian Lake Middle School has received one confirmed and one unconfirmed report of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) since 3/13/2019.  Therefore, your child may have been exposed to this respiratory disease. Pertussis is a cough illness that begins like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild cough for 1 to 2 weeks.  The cough will then worsen over the next few weeks and may last for up to three months. The cough at this stage occurs more frequently at night. Often a young child will make a “whooping” sound as they try to get their breath between coughs.  However, older children and adults may not have this “whooping” sound as their airways are larger.

The time it takes for the disease to develop after exposure is usually 5 to 10 days but can be as late as 21 days. Even if your child has received all their required immunizations, they are still at risk for this disease. If your child is currently experiencing these symptoms we recommend that you contact your child’s physician to determine if testing and/or medication is indicated.

The best way to protect your child and yourself from Pertussis is to make sure that you are fully vaccinated.  The TDAP vaccine contains protection for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 937-686-8833.

 

Sincerely,

Missy Mefford Erin  Miller

Co-Principal Co-Principal