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Confirmed case of Whooping Cough

29/11/2013

Dear Parent/Caregivers,

Recently there has been a confirmed case of whooping cough (pertussis) in the school community.  Whooping Cough is a highly infectious illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing.  The illness is troublesome and distressing at any age but can be very serious in young infants.

The Logan West Moreton Public Health Unit advises that all parents should check their children’s immunisation records and ensure that their child is up to date with their routine childhood vaccinations.  If your younger children have missed any of their routine childhood vaccinations they can still be vaccinated against whooping cough with the childhood vaccine up to their 8th birthday.  Adolescents are provided with a free pertussis booster vaccine in Year 10 or at the age of fifteen years from their doctor or local council clinic.

The protection against whooping cough from the vaccine does decrease over time and whooping cough may still occur in older children and adults who were fully immunised in early childhood.  Therefore it is important for parents to be aware of the symptoms of whooping cough and to seek medical attention should they be concerned.

More information can be found at the Queensland Health Website - http://access.health.qld.gov.au/hid/InfectionsandParasites/BacterialInfections/whoopingCoughPertussis_fs.asp.

Your attention to this important issue would be very much appreciated.

 

Yours faithfully

  

Andrew Pierpoint

Principal