Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LHS student has whooping cough

September 26, 2012


Lawrence High School officials were notified Wednesday that a ninth-grade student had been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department emailed LHS students’ parents with information about the contagious disease, and the school nurse is reviewing student immunization records, said Julie Boyle, a district spokeswoman.

Pertussis is a respiratory disease caused by bacteria and spreads through close contact with those affected. It is most common in infants and young children, and in rare cases it can be fatal.

Anyone with questions can reach the health department at 843-0721. Vaccinations are also available at the health department’s clinic, 200 Maine.


Clickker 5 years, 6 months ago

Folks not getting immunized these days

canusayduh 5 years, 6 months ago

Really? I got my immunizations, but guess what? I got whooping cough in the spring. Blame something else for once!

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

Actually it's partially because the newer version has fewer side effects but wears off faster.

Clara Westphal 5 years, 6 months ago

Whooping cough at one time had been irridicated along with measles. There are too many people coming into the United States with no health checks.

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

Not quite true. Polio was almost eradicated, though.

akt2 5 years, 6 months ago

Now is the time they start sending kids home that have not been or are not up to date on immunizations. They should have it at 1, 5 and 7 yrs. That will carry them through high school. Our school district updated us last week and they told us that if your child isn't immunized, they have 24 hours to get it after the first reported case in the school. Otherwise they don't return to school until 21 days after the last reported case. Basically meaning they are out of school until further notice. Not sure how USD 497 will deal with it.

DaniB 5 years, 6 months ago

We received notification that there was a case at Hillcrest last week. I'm guess I'm confused as to why this case is newsworthy, but that case wasn't? More students that aren't up to date on their vaccines in contact with the LHS student? Just curious.

Sarah St. John 5 years, 6 months ago

I hope you get better soon, young person, whoever you are. I haven't had it, but I know folks who have, and apparently it can be quite horrible.

And FYI, immunizations or no, they do wear off after 7 to 10 years, so remember to get your Tdap boosters as an adult!

somedude20 5 years, 6 months ago

tdap people..tdap. you can step on a rusty nail, you can breathe and have a lesser chance of catching Whoopi Goldberg's cough. Don't fear the vaccine and keep you fellow humans safe from YOU.....

Katara 5 years, 6 months ago

Way down south, not very far off.
A jaybird died of the Whooping cough.
He whooped so hard of the whooping cough
that he whooped his head and tail right off!

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