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Chapel Hill reports more whooping cough

Posted November 25, 2008

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— The number of students diagnosed with whooping cough in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district jumped to seven Tuesday, the Orange County Health Department reported.

All of the cases occurred among students at Estes Hills Elementary School. The school sent out a letter Monday after two siblings were the first to be identified as suffering from the illness, also called pertussis.

The rest of the cases stemmed from students who showed symptoms – runny nose, sneezing, fever and long, breath-taking coughing spells – before the letter was issued, school officials said.

The health department noted that children who received a routine Tdap vaccine should be protected from infection.

Stephanie Knott, assistant to the superintendent for community relations, noted that students who are not immunized were encouraged to get an antibiotic.


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  • Stormy13 Nov 26, 2008

    Talk about strange coincidence, I went to my doctor to get a tetanus shot a couple of weeks ago due to a minor accident and was told that tetanus shots given to adults (over 21) now also have whooping cough vac. included in it.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Nov 26, 2008

    I wouldn't necessarily jump to the not immunized conclusion yet. I'm in my mid-20s and I have always been up to date on my shots (thanks Mom) and last year I had to go in to see a doctor because I had a bad cough. Right off the bat she says I have whooping cough. I asked if she was sure since I was up to date, had been all through grade school without it (I definitely was exposed) and nothing, until I'm in my 20s? And I wasn't near anyone? So I got a second opinion... 2 weeks later. What started out as bronchitis turned into walking pnemonia since I "ignored" it aka got a wrong diagnosis. If I were those childrens parents... I'd make sure they REALLY had whooping cough.

  • smitty Nov 25, 2008

    Go figure, tinfoil hat crowd not getting their kids immunized. Remember, vaccines are not 100% effective. If a significant percentage of a population isn't vaccinated, there is a greatly increased risk of an outbreak.