Health Centre Notice

Health Centre Notice

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in the Secondary School

A case of Whooping Cough (pertussis) has been reported in the upper secondary school.

Whooping cough usually begins with cold like symptoms like a runny nose, mild fever and cough. The cough then gets worse, and severe bouts of uncontrollable coughing can develop.

Boosters for Whooping Cough are recommended for people who come in contact with Whooping Cough every 10 years (parents or people who work with children). Pregnant women at 20-32 weeks of pregnancy are also recommended a booster and if close exposure to Whooping Cough has occurred, an immediate visit to the GP is strongly recommended.

Please refer to the fact sheet here from NSW Department of Health for more information.