Health department officials have confirmed a whooping cough outbreak within the Baldwinsville school district.
Two weeks ago, the district indicated that it had confirmed a “few cases” of whooping cough, also known pertussis.
The health department says that because most school-age children have been vaccinated against whooping cough, their symptoms may be mild.
Those with asthma, weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and young infants may experience more severe cases.
The health department is recommending the following guidelines to protect against whooping cough:
If your child has a cough that does not go away:
– Keep your child home and seek medical care from your medical provider.
– If a NP swab for pertussis is ordered by the provider, keep your child home until the result is known.
– If the swab is positive, the child should finish 5 days of antibiotics before he/she can return to school.