Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Alert

There have been confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in persons that attend Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

Pertussis caught at school can spread to any other members at home. Coughing spreads the infection to others nearby. Pertussis can be especially dangerous for babies.

Pertussis starts like a cold and progresses to bouts of coughing that can last for many weeks. Older children may just have a cough that is persistent and is worse at night. The infection may also occur in fully vaccinated children.

What should people sick with pertussis do?
Pertussis is readily spread from an infected person to others by coughing and sneezing. If left untreated, it can be spread for up to three (3) weeks after the start of the infected person’s cough.

Do not attend work, school or a childcare facility if you or any household members:

• Have a cough as described above. Please see your doctor.
• Are being tested for Pertussis by your doctor and waiting for test results.
• Are being treated with antibiotics for whooping cough for at least five (5) days after starting the
medicine

Keep coughing children away from babies.

Pertussis vaccines give good protection against infection but immunity fades. If your school-aged child has younger siblings, it’s a good idea to check that they are up to date with their vaccines.
Information about this infection is available on NSW Health website here