Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
What is Pertussis (whooping cough)?
Pertussis is a highly contagious, bacterial respiratory tract infection. This disease is most known for uncontrollable coughing with a distinctive “whooping” sound when breathing in.
What are the beginning symptoms?
In the beginning, symptoms of pertussis are similar to the common cold, including runny nose, sneezing, and cough. After 1-2 weeks, pertussis can progress into episodes of violent coughing, vomiting, and choking, making it difficult to breathe, drink, or eat.
How is it spread?
Pertussis is spread through direct contact with respiratory droplets from the nose, eyes, or mouth of an infected person.
How long is someone contagious?
If untreated, the individual is infectious for approximately 3 weeks after a cough begins. The period of communicability for Pertussis begins prior to the onset of a cough, continuing until the individual has been on antibiotics for 5 days.
How is it treated?
Pertussis is typically treated with an antibiotic course for 5 days.
The individual must be excluded from school until 5 days of appropriate antibiotic treatment or 21 days after cough onset if no treatment is received.
What if my student is not immunized?
According to the IDPH recommendations, non-vaccinated individuals should be vaccinated, treated with antibiotics, or excluded from school for 21 days.
We share this notice to provide information regarding head lice and the recommendations of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics. We have used this information to improve
our practices and responses within the Glencoe Schools.
Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis) are highly communicable and difficult to prevent, however, with frequent home checks and open communication these parasites can be controlled.
This is not always a simple problem to deal with, but the following information should help you to identify and treat head lice safely and thoroughly.