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Superior School District Warning of Possible Exposure to Whooping Cough

The Superior School District is warning of possible exposure to whopping cough at two of their schools. The Superior School District is warning of possible exposure to whopping cough at two of their schools. | 

Updated: January 22, 2020 06:14 PM

The Superior School District is warning of possible exposure to whooping cough at two of their schools. 

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In a letter to parents Wednesday, a school health official said students may have been exposed to whooping cough or pertussis at the Superior High school and or Superior Middle school. 

The letter did not state a timeline of the possible exposure but warned parents of immediate vaccination. 

"Whooping cough is very contagious," the letter read.  "The vaccine usually protects against pertussis, but younger children who have not completed their 4-dose vaccination series and older children, teenagers and adults who were completely immunized before they started kindergarten can get whooping cough, because protection from the vaccine or from having the disease wears off over time. Therefore, a booster dose of vaccine called Tdap, is recommended for those 10-18 years of age and for adults. If you or your older children haven't had Tdap, it is recommended that you get it."

The Tdap vaccine is available at doctor's offices, some pharmacies and local health departments and is generally covered by most insurance plans.

"Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that can spread through the air when people cough. It usually starts like a common cold and gets worse over 1-2 weeks as a cough develops. People with whooping cough may have coughing spells in which they can’t catch their breath between coughs. As they catch their breath at the end of a coughing spell, they may loudly gasp (“whoop”) and vomit or feel like they’re choking."

Officials say antibiotics can prevent the spread of infection and are recommended for those with whooping cough and those who may have come in contact with an infection person. 

"Contacts who are at high risk of becoming very sick with whooping cough or who could infect someone at high risk should receive antibiotics to prevent whooping cough. These contacts include babies less than one year of age, pregnant women in their third trimester and people who work with babies or pregnant women."

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