Whooping Cough Case At HBW

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Yvette McNeal, principal of H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, has emailed parents to say that there is a case of whooping cough at the school. She is urging parents whose children have not had the DPT or TDaP vaccine, or whose immune system has been compromised, to contact their physician. The school note did not say which grade the affected child is in.

Whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease transmitted by bacteria. It can produce very serious coughing that can make it hard to take a breath. Children are normally immunized against it with the DTaP vaccine for infants and young children and TDaP vaccine for those in middle school. If contracted, pertussis can often be treated with antibiotics.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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