ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Estill County Health Department says there have been two confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, at West Irvine Elementary School.
Because of the confirmed cases, the health department is warning parents that their child may have been exposed to the infection which the CDC says is highly contagious.
The health department is urging anyone with children in the school who are at least 10-years old to get the Tdap booster. The vaccine is typically given to children as they enter the 6th grade. The Estill County Health Department says they have the vaccine available for those who can't get it at a doctor's office.
According to the CDC, early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include:
- Runny nose
- Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
- Mild, occasional cough
- Apnea – a pause in breathing (in babies)