Recently, Oneonta High School parents were notified that the Oneonta City School District has confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) at their high school. Those cases were reported to the Otsego County Health Department.
While there are no confirmed cases of pertussis at Cooperstown CSD, the district is monitoring the situation at Oneonta closely because of the ties between the two communities. In addition, state health officials are reporting that flu cases are on the rise throughout the state and are at levels greater than what were seen at this time last year.
Pertussis is an infection that infects the airways and can be spread by coughing or sneezing. More information about pertussis is available at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2171/ and https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2171/
- A woman who is pregnant
- A baby younger than 12 months old
- Anyone with a weakened immune system or a pre-existing health condition that could become worse if they became infected with pertussis (e.g. asthma, chronic lung disease)
- Inform the school that your child has been diagnosed with pertussis
- Your child should not attend school and public activities until they have been on an antibiotic effective to treat pertussis for five days