Please see the following note sent to us by the health authority today:
This letter is to inform you that there have been cases of pertussis (whooping cough) at the Anglican Parish of St Peter. Individuals who have attended may have been in contact with the bacteria, which are spread by coughing.
Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms that may progress to a severe cough with a distinctive ‘whooping’ sound, which may be followed by gagging and/or vomiting. Symptoms can last for several weeks. This can be very serious, particularly for infants under one year of age. Pregnant mothers in their third trimester can also be at risk as they may expose their new born infant after birth. If you or any of your family members develop symptoms as described above, please contact your health care provider to test for pertussis bacteria.
If someone is diagnosed with pertussis, antibiotic treatment will be needed. After five days of treatment, the individual will no longer be considered infectious and can return to school or work.
It is also important to ensure that your children are up to date with their immunizations against pertussis. These immunizations are normally given to children during the first year of life, at 18 months, and upon entering kindergarten. There is one additional booster shot when children are in grade 9. Please take this opportunity to check if pertussis immunizations are up to date for children in your family. You can receive vaccines at your local Public Health Unit or at some doctors’ offices.
A Health File on pertussis is attached for your information.
When attending a health care clinic, we suggest taking this letter with you to help provide clarity.
For more information, please call your local Public Health Unit: 1 800 770 7798 or please call our Parish Nurse, Pearl Stoker at 250 710-1212 and Pearl will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
Please see the information page attached to this email.
Thank you for your quick attention to this matter,