Whooping cough in HHS again. Babies Beware.

The Haverford High School nurse has sent through a warning letter containing information from the CDC about Whooping Cough. If you have a pre-vaccinated infant, take special precautions. If you are around infants, get a booster shot. Lots of adults contract whooping cough but it goes undiagnosed because adults don't always get the "whoop" cough from which Pertussis gets its nickname. If you have a persistent cough, go to the doctor ASAP. Please. Here's what you are helping to spread if you don't vaccinate your kids, or yourself. Watch. This is on you. Babies and immune compromised people (like kids with cancer) can and do die of this. Or watch this god-awful video of a baby's last days, who died of this disease. FOR NO REASON. IT IS PREVENTABLE. PARENTS SHARE BABY'S LAST VIDEO BEFORE BABY DIED OF PERTUSSIS Here's the letter from the HHS nurse. Link is to download the pdf. Click on the pic to read.   nurse_scan Whooping Couch 2016     … [Read more...]

Official PA Dept of Health communication about Pertussis

Pertussis Contact The HHS school nurse just sent out the following email detailing the pertussis contact in the high school and what to do if your child is coughing. Also to note: adults need boosters for this, as our immunity has run out and there is obviously not enough herd immunity anymore. Please see attachment (linked above) but here is the text: DATE: October 27, 2014 Dear Parent/Guardian: It has come to our attention that your child may have been exposed to a person who has pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.  Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks.  Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a whooping noise.  However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop.  People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching their breath.  The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough.  The disease can be very severe and, although deaths are rare, they do occur especially in infants less than one year of age. The Pennsylvania Department of Health strongly recommends the following: If you/your child is coughing, promptly contact your/your child’s doctor.  Explain to the doctor you/your child has been exposed to a case of pertussis and needs to be evaluated.  Your child’s doctor may obtain a nasopharyngeal culture to test for pertussis.  In addition, if the doctor suspects pertussis, an antibiotic will be given to your child to help lower the chance of spreading the disease to others.  Your child will be able to return to school after completing the first 5 days of the medication.  It is very important that upon returning to school your child continues taking his or her medication until completed. If you/your child … [Read more...]

Whooping cough warning in the Township

  The high school nurse put out a robo-call to all HHS families. Listen to the call here Please warn any pregnant women or mothers and fathers of newborns or babies less than 1 year of age who are not yet old enough for the pertussis vaccine. Also, call your own doctors and see if a booster is prudent for you and your high school children. We don't want to start a fight on this blog, but we'd like to say that Havertownies are pro-vaccines. Pertussis kills newborns and the vaccine has absolutely no links to any learning disabilities or other harmful effects. This infected student should not have been allowed in the high school and should have been quarantined. Here's some information from the CDC: Pertussis Homepage Whooping Cough Epidemic in California Penn & Teller's succinct vaccinations explanation. Watch this if you think vaccinations causes autism. The point is: It doesn't. But let's just assume it does and take a good, hard look at the numbers. Take care, everyone. Wash hands, get booster shots. Keep your babies inside until your doctors say it's OK to wander out. Make sure to take every precaution to keep those under 1 year of age safe. Let your neighbors know. This is serious.   photo credit: Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr  … [Read more...]