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Whooping Cough

16/08/2013

We continue to have confirmed cases of Whooping Cough reported to our school. Providing children are adequately vaccinated, they are unlikely to have a severe illness, even if they become infected.

Whooping Cough is a highly infectious illness. The symptoms are a persistent cough that may occur in bouts (often with a breathless “whoop” at the end). If your child develops a troublesome and persistent cough, take him/her to your doctor promptly (even if they are fully immunised) and mention she/he may have had contact with someone with Whooping Cough.

Whooping Cough can only spread through coughing, and those students who have the illness should stay away from school until they have completed at least 5 days of an antibiotic treatment.