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Six Cases of Whooping Cough Confirmed in NK Schools

Six cases have been confirmed in North Kingstown schools.

Six North Kingstown students have officially been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to the Providence Journal.

The Health Department announced that six cases of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) have been confirmed in students from three North Kingstown schools. According to the department, the group includes four students from , one from and another from .

School closed in the district in June 19, but the first case was confirmed July 2. According to the Journal, the outbreak is unusual "because Rhode Island typically sees single cases of whooping cough," and roughly only 60 per year.

The Health Department has scheduled a community vaccination clinic at on Thursday and Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. They also recommend that people visit their primary care physician for immunization.

NKGOP Watch July 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Has anyone seen the likes of Halley around?
Midlife Momma July 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Why is Whooping Cough so dangerous? Thought that had always been sort of a typical "childhood illness" that was not very serious? Patch, can you elaborate a little more on this? Why should NK residents take advantage of the immunization at the HS? Has everyone recovered? LOL, NKGOP Watch !!
NKtaxPAyerAlso July 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Pertussis, or whooping cough is a serious disease that can cause permanent disability in infants, and even death. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets containing the bacteria move through the air, and the disease is easily spread from person to person. The infection usually lasts 6 weeks. Whooping cough can affect people of any age. Before vaccines were widely available, the disease was most common in infants and young children. Now that most children are immunized before entering school, the higher percentage of cases is seen among adolescents and adults.
NKtaxPAyerAlso July 18, 2012 at 01:08 PM
It says to call 911 if your kids start to cough with a loud barking sound. (Hopefully the firefighter/Paramedics that show up are not on a 48+ hour shift) .... I think I might just drive my kids to the hospital myself
Petey July 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It says "see your primary care physician." It's not 911-worthy.
Concerned Resident July 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
As a parent I applaud your decision to as it seems appropriate that you take responsibility by taking your kids to the hospital also allowing firefighter/paramedics to get some extra paid sleep.
Petey July 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
"...it seems appropriate that you take responsibility by taking your kids to the hospital..." What? Isn't that why hospital ERs are jammed with non-life threatening illnesses? Don't use the ER as your doctor's office. Go see your kid's pediatrician, or go to a walk-in clinic. Antibiotics is what they will need, not a hospital.
NKtaxPAyerAlso July 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Petey, what is your medical background? I just Googled it and that's what it said. But if your a medical professional I'm sure you know better than this Government website. Here is the link http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002528/
NKtaxPAyerAlso July 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
FYI I just read what I wrote and I am not being sarcastic. I can see how it could seem like I am.
Petey July 18, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This Patch article linked to the ProJo article. I read that one and it said "The Health Department recommends that people visit their primary-care doctors for immunization." Now, looking at the PubMed site that you posted, it says "Call your health care provider if you or your child develops symptoms of pertussis." Health care provider would be your doctor. Call 911 or go to an ER only in extreme cases, such as: Bluish skin color, which indicates a lack of oxygen Periods of stopped breathing (apnea) Seizures or convulsions High fever Persistent vomiting Dehydration
NKtaxPAyerAlso July 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I 100% agree with you about going to your own Dr. They know you best. I have a very limited experience with walk in clinic's but from what I hear they are also a wonderful alternative. I was hopping you were a health care professional, so you could give us more insight on this topic.
Govstench July 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Take the child to your private physician for a shot. You can't believe everything you read on the web. What did we have before the internet? Common sense.
Petey July 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Two more http://wrnihealthcareblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/pertussis-cases-up-vaccine-losing-steam/
Petey July 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM
The debate here was about taking your child to ER vs doc when they are sick with possible pertussis. At this point, it's too late for some, as they have the cough and are spreading it. Having a vaccination clinic for the masses is the best idea yet.

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