Pertussis Information for Parents

Pertussis Information for Parents
Posted on 09/21/2016

Over the past month, eight students at IHS have been diagnosed with pertussis. In addition to following the guidelines in the link below, if you suspect your child may have pertussis, please keep them home from school as you await test results from your doctor. Students who are diagnosed with pertussis may return to classes after five days of treatment with antibiotics. 

An additional student at IHS was diagnosed with pertussis over the weekend. Please continue to follow the guidelines from the Health Department, printed below.  

A fifth student at Irondequoit High School was diagnosed with pertussis today. Please continue to follow the guidelines from the Health Department, printed below.  

A student at Irondequoit High School has been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

The Health Department recommends that you contact your pediatrician to determine whether or not your child should receive treatment to prevent them from becoming ill. If your child has a persistent cough now, or develops one in the next 3 weeks, he should be evaluated by a doctor. Risk is highest in infants under 12 months, pregnant women, those with moderate to severe asthma and immunocompromised people.

We have posted a letter and additional information from the Monroe County Health Department below. 

Questions can be directed to your school nurse Mary Piston, or your pediatrician. 

Letter from Monroe County Health Dept.

Pertussis Fact Sheet

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