[BHS Etree] MISC: Important BHS Health Alert
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Wed Jan 15 18:12:11 PST 2014
PLEASE do not reply to this email, contact Public Health Nurse, Elisa
Gallegos at 510-981-5386.
The City of Berkeley Public Health Division would like Berkeley High
families to be aware that there has been a case of pertussis (whooping
cough) at Berkeley High. While there is no need for alarm, this serves
as a reminder to ensure your child is fully vaccinated and to be aware
that pertussis is circulating in the community.
Pertussis can spread through the air when people cough. It often starts
like a common cold that gets worse and worse over 1-2 weeks. People
with pertussis have coughing spells that may last several minutes. As
they catch their breath at the end of each coughing spell, they may gasp
loudly ("whoop") and vomit or choke.
Pertussis can be treated with antibiotics. Treatment shortens the
course of the illness and decreases the spread of disease to others.
The Berkeley Public Health Division recommends:
* _If your BHS student develops an acute or prolonged cough illness
he/she should see a healthcare provider_*.*
* Keep infants aged < 1 year, particularly those aged < 6 months, away
from persons with a cough illness.
* If anyone in your household has been coughing one week or more
(ongoing and persistent) and the cough is getting worse, contact
your healthcare provider.
* Please make sure your children are up-to-date with their pertussis
shots (Tdap or DTaP), and make sure all adults in your household are
up-to-date with their booster pertussis shots (Tdap).
*If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your
healthcare provider or call Public Health Nurse, Elisa Gallegos PHN at
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