CONFIRMED CASE OF WHOOPING COUGH AT GIBSON-NEILL MEMORIAL
Dear Parents and
There is a confirmed
case of whooping cough (pertussis) at
your child’s school. You can find information about this disease in the Fact
Sheet available at: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/en/CDC/FactSheets/Pertussisfactsheet.pdf
Whooping cough spreads
between people by droplets from coughs and sneezes. Whooping cough can cause
severe disease in young children. If you or your child develops
symptoms like those described in the fact sheet, please avoid contact with
pregnant women and children under 1 year of age, until you see your family
doctor or an after-hours clinic. Tell your primary care provider that you or
your child may have had contact with a confirmed case of whooping cough.
If your doctor thinks
that you or your child has pertussis, they can test for the disease. A
positive test result will allow Public Health to act to protect others from the
disease. After a positive test result, your doctor may prescribe
antibiotics and ask you to stay home until you have finished treatment.
You can help stop the
spread of diseases by washing your hands frequently, and staying home from
school or work when you are sick. Pertussis can be prevented with a vaccine. Please check to see if you and your child
have all of the recommended immunizations. In New Brunswick, children should
have doses of pertussis vaccine at 2, 4, 6, 18 months, and 4 years of
age. Adults and adolescents in Grade 7 should receive a booster dose.
If you or your child
are missing any of these doses, please contact your primary care provider or
Public Health to make an appointment for immunization. There is no cost to
receive the recommended doses of the pertussis vaccine.
If you have any
questions, please contact Public Health at 453-5200.
Na-Koshie Lamptey MD MPH CCFP FRCP
Regional Medical Officer of Health