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What is pertussis?

Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It causes a severe cough that can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits or vomiting. Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be dangerous for infants and people with weakened immune systems. Family members with pertussis can spread it to newborns. 

What can I do to protect my family?

The best protection against pertussis is vaccination. Make sure your family’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Protection against pertussis from the childhood vaccine, DTaP, decreases over time. Older children and adults, including pregnant women, should get a pertussis booster shot called “Tdap” to protect themselves and infants near or around them. If you need the Tdap vaccine, contact your doctor or call the Chatham County Public Health Department to find a vaccine provider near you.

For more information about pertussis, visit CDC's website by clicking the image below or here

CDC Pertussis

Information about pertussis in Chatham County

Pertussis Referral and School Excuse Form

Letter sent to parents of Northwood High School students October 14, 2014
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