SMITH COUNTY - Whitehouse ISD has let parents within their district know that they "recently learned" that one of their students was diagnosed with Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, over Thanksgiving break.
The district also informed parents that even though most school age children have been vaccinated for this virus, there is still a small risk for contracting it.
If a vaccinated child contracts whooping cough, they will normally have a less severe case than a child who has not been vaccinated.
In their release to parents, Whitehouse ISD also let parents know about the cold-like symptoms of Pertussis, which are: mild fever, runny nose and cough.
After a 7-10 days, those symptoms start to fade and the coughing starts to get worse and increasingly dry as a result of inflammation and narrowed airways.
It can take several weeks for a child to fully recover from Pertussis.
If you believe your child has been in close contact with a person with those aforementioned symptoms, let your family health care provider know immediately and let your child's campus nurse know of their condition.
For more information, Whitehouse ISD encourages parents to contact their child's campus nurse.
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