PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services released an advisory Tuesday night reporting a student had pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough.
The department released several recommendations parents and students should follow immediately:
- Parents are advised to consult with their child’s physician due to this pertussis exposure for medical care other than observation for signs of pertussis.
- Observe all household members for the signs/symptoms described in the attached pertussis information sheet. If signs and symptoms develop in a household member, please contact your physician for evaluation and possible treatment. Be sure to mention your child’s exposure to pertussis and provide your physician this letter.
- Immunization records should be checked and any child or adult who is under-immunized or not immunized should follow up with their physician to receive age-appropriate pertussis-containing tetanus/diphtheria vaccine.
- Please notify Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services as well as your school if your child or any household member is suspected of having pertussis. If your physician suspects you or your child has pertussis, please do not attend school until you/your child has been cleared to return by the physician and health department.
The Health and Human Services office is working with school administration to prevent further spread of the disease. If you have any questions, call (512) 972-5555.