- If your child has a cough:
- Keep your child home from school and activities, such as sports or play groups. See items 4 and 5 about when your child can return to these activities.
- Make an appointment with your child’s doctor as soon as possible and tell the doctor that your child may have been exposed to pertussis.
- A woman who is pregnant
- An infant younger than 12 months old
- Anyone with a weakened immune system
- Tell the school that your child has been diagnosed with pertussis.
- School officials may request that you keep your child home from school and activities, such as sports or play groups, until your child has been on antibiotics for five days to treat pertussis.
- Ask your child’s doctor for a note that states your child has pertussis.
- Ask for a note from the doctor telling the school that your child’s cough is NOT pertussis and that your child can return to school and other activities at any time.
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 Kings County Health Department at 584-1401 to find a vaccine provider near you.
If you have any questions or concerns contact the Kings County Health Department at the number above or the School Nurse at 559-583-5902, ext. 4027.