Whooping Cough in Bloomington-Normal
Many of you have heard from our schools and from news outlets that we have had several confirmed cases of pertussis ("whooping cough") in our communities in recent weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes this condition: "Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age."
Not surprisingly, people are hearing lots about pertussis. Some of this information is unclear and conflicting. This site from the CDC gives helpful and reliable input about this disease.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your child's specific situation. We are always happy to help.