Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is “a very serious disease,” according to a Thursday letter to the school district from SCPHD.
In the letter — which is posted on the school district’s website — SCPHD recommends Kimberly students and teachers should watch for symptoms and update their immunizations if they’re not current on the pertussis vaccine.
Those diagnosed with pertussis suffer from coughing in “explosive bursts ending with the typical high-pitched whoop, and occasionally, vomiting,” according to the SCPHD letter. Coughing often continues for four to six weeks.
Symptoms generally develop within two weeks of exposure. Pertussis is spread by contact with droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing.
SCPHD advises keeping your child home if they have a persistent cough, even if they’ve been immunized, and to consult your doctor.