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A letter from the Health Department isn’t something your child would normally bring home from school. But in Alpine School District, it’s happening a lot lately, thanks to the Whooping Cough.
“Year to date in Utah County, we’ve had 89 cases. Now that’s pretty typical,” Lance Madigan, public spokesman for the Utah County Health Department said. “Last year we had over 400 (cases).”
The official name for Whooping Cough is Pertussis, and the county says the number of cases has gone up because of a weaker vaccine.
“It’s a safer vaccine, meaning that people don’t (experience) as many side effects, but it doesn’t seem to provide the same level of protection,” Madigan said.
Rhonda Bromley of the Alpine School district says they are also doing their part to reduce spread of the disease.
“The custodians at the school and sometimes depending on how severe the outbreak is, district officials from the maintenance department will go in and help with the cleaning,” Bromely said.
Westlake High School also sent out a letter to parents about Whooping Cough. Megan Sherman, a Sophomore at Westlake, saw the letter but isn’t too worried.
“I think our schools actually clean enough where its not going to spread very easily,” Sherman said.
The letter is very informative for parents. It talks about the symptoms of whooping cough such as a severe persistent cough along with a runny nose. It also warns parents about the dangers Whooping Cough poses for young infants. They’re less likely to have had the vaccine and in severe cases can die from the illness.
Whooping cough spreads more by people breathing it in, and less by touch. If you think you have whooping cough, the best thing you can do is to go see a doctor, and make sure not to cough on anyone.