Two Confirmed Cases of Whooping Cough in District 205

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

Even though you or your child may have been vaccinated to prevent Pertussis, immunity does not always last a lifetime. Over the past few years, there has been a reoccurrence of the disease after the protective effects of the vaccine have diminished.

The health services program of the Rockford Public Schools would like to remind you to be alert for the symptoms of this disease. Early signs and symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Sneezing
- Low-grade fever
- Cough; if untreated, gradually becomes severe and increases at night; vomiting may occur

Transmission of pertussis can be greatly reduced using the following strategies:

- Frequent hand washing, especially after coughing and sneezing
- Covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Disposing of used tissues properly

If you notice any of these symptoms in you or your child, you are advised to:
- Contact your physician
- Stay home from work or school
- Notify school or your employer

If you have any questions, please call the nurse at your child’s school, the Rockford Public Schools Health Services Office at 815-966-5254, or the Winnebago County Health Department at 815-720-4000. To learn more about Pertussis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A letter was sent home this week to families at Rolling Green Elementary School and Swan Hillman Elementary School about a confirmed case of Pertussis, or whooping cough, at each school. The affected people are being treated and are not in school.

In the letter (attached), parents were encouraged to contact their child’s school nurse, the RPS Health Services Office, or the Winnebago County Health Department. The letter also encourages parents to look for symptoms of the illness.

Pertussis is treatable with antibiotics. It is caused by a bacterium that lives in the mouth, nose and throat. The germ is highly contagious and can be easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. People in close contact with children or adults diagnosed with pertussis may also need to be treated with antibiotics.

To learn more about Pertussis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:, or contact the Winnebago County Health Department at 815-720-4000.

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