Parents with kids in the Harlem District beware, there have been two confirmed cases of  Pertussis (whooping cough) at both Machesney Elementary and the Harlem High School 9th Grade Campus. I know this because I received an email from the school district today informing me about it.

Pertussis is a bacterial infection spread by respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing and can be treated with antibiotics. The Harlem School District health services program would like you to be aware of what some symptoms of Pertussis may be:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Cough; if untreated, gradually becomes severe and increases at night; vomiting may occur.

If you notice any of these symptoms in you or your child, contact your physician immediately. Also DO NOT send them to school and DO NOT go into work.

Like any illness you can help stop the spreading of it by using basic common sense like:

  •  Washing your hands, especially after coughing or sneezing
  • Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze

Parents with any questions or concerns should contact the nurse at their child's school, the District Nurses at 815-654-4508,  or the Winnebago County Health Department at 815-720-4050.