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» If your child has whooping
cough, he or she should not          Yellowknife Public Health Unit
return to school or the child              4702 Franklin Ave.
care facility until the antibiotic
                                             Yellowknife, NT.
has been taken for at least five
days. If no treatment is taken,                   X1A 2N5
your child must be excluded for          Phone: 867-920-6570
three weeks from school and               Fax: 867-873-0158
daycare.                                             June 2008
                                                 www.yhssa.org
                                            How can I be                        What Can I Do?
                                             infected?
          What is it?


                                       Whooping cough is spread through        If you have contact with a person
                                       the air when the infected person        who has whooping cough, watch
Whooping cough is an infection         coughs, or by direct contact with the   for symptoms of runny nose and a
                                       mucous discharge from the infected      severe cough. If these develop,
caused by bacteria.
                                       person.                                 see your doctor.
The infection usually starts with a
runny nose and an irritating cough.    Those in close contact with the         If you have the symptoms or test
                                       infected person (usually in the same    positive for the bacteria (a swab
Soon the cough becomes more
                                       house) are most at risk of becoming     is taken from your nose/throat),
frequent and severe.
                                       infected.                               you will be given an antibiotic
The person will experience coughing                                            (Erythromycin for 10 days). You
                                       Whooping cough is usually spread in     will need to stay home until you
spasms in which they may not be able
                                       the early stage of infection (running   have been on the antibiotic for 5
to catch their breath.                 nose and cough), but a person can       days.
After the coughing spasm ends, the     remain infectious for about 3 weeks.
                                                                               Close contacts who have been
person may cough up clear thick
                                       Those in contact with an infected       exposed to the disease may need
mucous, or may even vomit. The         person usually come down with           to take the antibiotic to control
cough may last for 6 to 10 weeks.      whooping cough in about 7 to 10 days    the further spread of the
                                       following their exposure to the         disease.
                                       disease.
   THERE IS A WHOOPING COUGH
                                                                                Whooping cough can be
  VACCINE FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND
 ADULTS. ASK YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH                                                     controlled by
               NURSE!                                                              immunization.

				
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