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Pertussis (whooping cough) information

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that at least two cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) were identified at Free Home Elementary School and Creekland Middle School in Cherokee County.  Gwinnett County and Dekalb County school districts have each reported two cases so far this school year, and Fulton County schools have reported one.  Atlanta Public Schools have not reported any cases.
 
Pertussis is a preventable but highly contagious respiratory illness caused by Bordetella pertussis.  It spreads by coughing, sneezing, or breathing close to an infected person.  Pertussis can infect people of any age, but it can be especially dangerous or even deadly in infants.  
 
The best protection against Pertussis is VACCINATION.  Children receive five doses of DTaP (which includes Pertussis)  vaccination by four to six years of age.  In addition, older children receive a booster dose of Tdap at ten to twelve years old.
 
If you have concerns that your child may have Pertussis, feel free to call our office.
 
For further information on Pertussis, please check out this link: http://www.pkids.org/diseases/pertussis.html

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