Posted on Nov 12, 2010
Back to School Update from Nurse Greene
September 30, 2010
As you may know, there has been a rise in Pertussis (also known as Whooping Cough) in San Diego County this year. Click here
to visit the website of the San Diego County Health Department Immunization Branch, which provides updated information.
Cardinal signs and symptoms of Whooping Cough are: severe coughing spells that can lead to vomiting and a lingering cough that can last for weeks or even months. Whooping Cough is contagious and can be spread through a cough/sneeze by an infected person; it is treatable with an antibiotic. Because no immunization is 100% effective, even immunized persons can become ill, but the symptoms may be milder. The County Health Department is recommending that everyone 11 years and older get a one-time booster of Tdap to protect themselves and others.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.