Whooping Cough Confirmed at High School

Oneonta High School parents were recently notified that the district has confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) at the high school. Officials at the high school were notified by the school nurse, who also reported the cases to the Otsego County Health Department. 
 
Pertussis is an infection that infects the airways and can be spread by coughing or sneezing. More information about pertussis is available at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2171/ and https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2171/   
 
-     If your healthcare provider says your child has a cough but does NOT have pertussis: 
-    If your child has a cough, they should not attend school, work, or public activities and they should see a healthcare provider to determine if they have pertussis. Inform the healthcare provider that your child may have been exposed to pertussis.
- If your child has a weakened immune system or has a condition that would be worsened by pertussis and has been a close contact to someone with pertussis:
      - Ask your healthcare provider to consider prescribing antibiotics to your child as soon as possible to prevent pertussis.  Antibiotics are recommended for exposed persons with certain underlying conditions even if they are not coughing.
 
- If your child lives with any of the following people and was exposed to pertussis, ask your healthcare provider to prescribe antibiotics for your child as soon as possible, even if your child is not coughing:
      - A woman who is pregnant
      - A baby younger than 12 months old
      - Anyone with a weakened immune system or a pre-existing health condition that could become worse if they became infected with pertussis (e.g. asthma, chronic lung disease)

If your child has been diagnosed with pertussis by his or her doctor:
      - Inform the school that your child has been diagnosed with pertussis
      - Your child should not attend school and public activities until they have been on an antibiotic effective to treat pertussis for five days
 
More information about pertussis is also available fro the Otsego County Department of Health at 607-547-4343. 

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