Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment
May 8, 2014
Recently, several students in the Windsor School District have been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Facts you should know:
- We are experiencing a Pertussis epidemic throughout Colorado.
- From 2007 to 2011 Colorado averaged 158 cases yearly; there were over 1500 cases in 2013.
- Pertussis is highly contagious, caused by bacteria.
- If a contagious person coughs and your child breaths in what was coughed he or she can catch the illness.
- Pertussis is deadly to children under age 2 years, elderly, and immune impaired people such as someone with asthma, diabetes, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
- Symptoms of coughing can develop 4 to 21 days after exposure to a coughing contagious person.
- If not treated immediately when the cough starts, coughing and breathing trouble often lasts 6 weeks to three months even if treated – the more the delay in treating, the longer the cough.
What to do:
- Contact your health care provider if you or your child were exposed to a person known to have pertussis.
- Contact your health care provider if you have a cough, breathing trouble, or throw up from coughing.
- Take this letter with you to the doctor, be tested for pertussis, and/or get antibiotics immediately.
- If diagnosed with pertussis complete a course of a prescribed antibiotics for pertussis – minimum five (5) days.
- Review the DTaP/Tdap immunization records of your children and vaccinate if not up-to-date.
- If diagnosed with pertussis a child must/will be excluded from school/child care until he or she completes five(5) days of prescribed antibiotic.
- Staff diagnosed with pertussis cannot return to school until five (5) days of an appropriate antibiotic are completed.
- Pertussis can occur in immunized individuals because immunity goes down from infancy to teens.
- Increase the health of your family with good nutrition, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise.
If you have any questions please contact Faton Emami R.N. BSN, Weld County Public Health, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Program 970-304-6420, ext. 2311.
For more information visit http://www.immunizeforgood.com/
Prevent Spreading Pertussis. Cover Your Cough. Wash hands.
Summer Camps 2014
Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado offers:
The Jason Fleishman Summer Camp for Teens
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park
July 9-13, 2014
Rock 'n Rally
A new camp program for kids ages 8-12
Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown
July 25-27, 2014
Both camps are designed to help campers build confidence, make new friends, and learn more about epilepsy in a safe and supportive environment. Visit epilepsycolorado.org and click on Overnight and Day Camps, under the Services tab for more information and/or to register.
American Lung Association in Colorado offers:
Glacier View Ranch
July 20-26, 2014
"Champ Camp is an educational program and week long summer camp for children ages 7-14 with asthma At camp children gain confidence in themselves and their ability to take control of their asthma." Please go to http://www.lung.org/associations/states/colorado/events-programs/champ-camp.html for information and applications.
American Diabetes Association offers:
Eagle Lake Camp
Woodland Park, Colorado
June 29 - July 4, 2014
Residential Camp for those ages 8-14
Teen Camp for those ages 15-17
Contact Emily Fay for information
720-855-1102 Extension 7015
This camp is about "Empowered Adventure." Children expand their knowledge of diabetes, make new friends, and have fun in a camp environment. There is one Association-trained diabetes counselor for every four campers and an additional program counselor to ensure a safe, good time.