Whooping Cough
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In Clearfield County there has been another confirmed case of Whooping Cough in the West Branch Area School District. So far there are two confirmed cases of Whooping Cough. We spoke with a doctor today to learn more about this disease. As Pennsylvania law for kids in grades kindergarten through 12 to be vaccinated for Whooping Cough. Being vaccinated does not mean you cannot get the disease but you're less likely to have serious infection. The Department of Health notified the West Branch School District that one student had Whooping Cough on Sept. 6th. Wednesday afternoon the district was notified again of the second case at the elementary school. A doctor Penn Highlands Clearfield says Whooping Cough is a bacterial infection that affects the lungs and airways. She says it is very contagious and spread by coughing and sneezes. And says a classroom setting is common for whooping cough because children share things like toys and pencils. When someone was first exposed to the disease they may not know it. "Maybe for the first week or so, sometimes three weeks you really don't have the symptoms yet. But usually it will start as a simple runny nose, coughing but it just gets worse over the time and instead of improving." The superintendent of West Branch says we comply with the department of health and are sending home the recommended communications. We also use the parent notification system to disseminate the information to the families of all pre k through grade 12 students. To help prevent the spread of the disease they recommend keeping your kids at home if they are sick cover their mouth if they are coughing or sneezing and of course keeping up on vaccinations.