Confirmed case of whooping cough reported at Northmont High School

The Tdap vaccine, commonly referred to a booster shot, is used in the fight against pertussis (whooping cough). (Courtesy/Palm Beach Post)
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The Tdap vaccine, commonly referred to a booster shot, is used in the fight against pertussis (whooping cough). (Courtesy/Palm Beach Post)

A confirmed case of whooping cough was reported at Northmont High School on Tuesday, said district officials, who also reported they can confirm "that this child was up-to-date on all vaccinations."

District officials pointed students, parents and guardians to information on its website for information about the malady, known clinically as Pertussis.

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Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that may resemble the common cold followed by a persistent cough within two weeks. Children typically receive multiple doses of the vaccine including DTaP and Tdap.

District officials ask parents and guardians to contact their healthcare provider if they are unsure of your child’s vaccination status and if your child experiences any symptoms.

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