EMMAUS, PA. – Cases of whooping cough have been reported in the East Penn School District.
Students who visit Emmaus High School, Lower Macungie Middle School, Shoemaker, and Wescosville Elementary School were diagnosed with pertussis or whooping cough, the district told parents in a letter.
According to the letter, the students are looked after by a doctor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have more information on whooping cough, including typical symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
If a child coughs frequently or has coughing fits, the parents should contact the child's doctor immediately, the letter says. If the child does not cough, the parent may contact the child's doctor and explain that it may have been exposed to a case of whooping cough. after the letter. The pertussis vaccine DTap is only given to children under the age of 7 years. A new combination of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) has been approved for use in adolescents and adults.