A pupil at Waiuku College has been notified with whooping cough (pertussis).
Watch for signs of whooping cough
· The early signs of whooping cough include a runny nose, fever, or cough (often worse at night) which gets worse over time turning into long coughing bouts that may end in gagging or vomiting. Most people begin to feel unwell 7-10 days after exposure.
· If your child develops any of the early signs of whooping cough in the three weeks following their exposure or if they have a cough that has lasted for more than two weeks
o See your GP - call ahead and let the practice know you think you may have whooping cough so they can be prepared
o Stay away from babies, children under 12 months, and pregnant women until you have seen your GP
o Stay home from school until they have completed 5 days of antibiotics (...