Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have a confirmed case of Whooping Cough at school. Whooping Cough is a contagious, respiratory infection. It begins like a cold and then develops into a cough. Whooping Cough is spread by airbourne droplets and is highly infectious. The incubation period for Whooping Cough is between six to twenty days. A person is infected for the first 21 days of their cough or until they have had five days of a 10 day course of antibiotics.

The symptoms of Whooping Cough can include:

  • Severe cough
  • Characteristic ‘whooping’ sound on inhalation
  • Vomiting at the end of a bout of coughing
  • Sleep apnoea

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms please visit the doctor with your concerns and phone the school if you have a confirmed case.

For further information regarding Whooping Cough click on the link below:

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Whooping_cough

Yours Sincerely

 

Hayley Taylor

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