Please be advised that at least one person at South Tama High School has been identified as having pertussis (whooping cough) and is being treated with antibiotics. Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It causes a severe cough that can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and /or vomiting. Anyone can get pertussis,but it can be very dangerous for infants and people with weakened immune systems or lung problems.
However,since pertussis has been confirmed at South Tama,public health recommends that you make sure your family's vaccinations are up-to-date. Basic protection against pertussis is provided by childhood pertussis vaccine, but this protection can decrease over time. Therefore, children (11 years of age and over) and all adults should get a booster shot for pertussis (Tdap) to boost their immunity. If you or a family member needs any pertussis vaccines, contact your healthcare provider or public health.
For more information on pertussis, please visit: www.cdc.gov or contact your local public health department.