Lincoln Parents Warned to Vaccinate After Whooping Cough Case

LINCOLN, AR -- Three cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at Lincoln school district. Now, officials are warning parents to take steps to protect their children against this highly contagious disease.

On Tuesday, district officials released a letter from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) about the confirmed case of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough. The letter was sent to Lincoln parents from Dirk Haselow, medical director for the ADH.  Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Spears says three children from the same family were all diagnosed.  One child attends the elementary school, one attends the middle school and one is at the high school so Spears says the entire school district has been affected.

The school district is asking students with a severe cough to stay home from school and they will be reviewing all vaccination records. According to Haselow, parents of children who need to be vaccinated will be notified.  Spears says there are no current plans to cancel classes at any of the three schools but that nurses are available to answer questions and provide the vaccine.

All students “should be observed for respiratory symptoms for the next 14 days,” according to the state letter.  Spears says all three students diagnosed had received the pertussis vaccination.

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