Whooping Cough Diagnosed At Lincoln Schools

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Students in the Lincoln School District have been diagnosed with pertussis, known as whooping cough, officials said Tuesday (May 13).

Whooping cough is a “highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis,” according to a letter to Lincoln parents from Dirk Haselow, medical director for the Arkansas Department of Health.

The letter indicates a student at Lincoln Elementary has been diagnosed with whooping cough, but Mary Ann Spears, district superintendent, told 5NEWS on Monday that apparently three children from one family have the disease. One child is in the elementary school, one is in the middle school and one is in the high school, she said.

Children will not be dismissed from school, Spears said. She said most children have been vaccinated against whooping cough, but a school nurse will be available to answer questions from parents or provide vaccine.

All students “should be observed for respiratory symptoms for the next 14 days,” according to the state letter.

“Immunization records will be reviewed by the nurse to see if an additional dose of pertussis vaccine is needed,” the letter states. “You will be notified if your child needs vaccine.”


  • farmer

    You shouldn’t leave comments if you don’t know all the details. I know the family, and they HAVE been vaccinated.

  • Anna

    Even if they choose not to vaccinate that is their right. Children are required so many vaccinations and we have not clue where this will lead in the years to come.

  • shocker112

    The family has been vaccinated just like farmer said. They got it regardless of the fact that they were vaccinated. Instead of talking about “illegals” and “parents refusing to get their children vaccinated” shouldn’t we be getting to the bottom as to why the vaccines didn’t work?

  • Barbara

    Q: I’ve heard about parents refusing to get their children vaccinated and travelers to the U.S. spreading disease; are they to blame for pertussis outbreaks?
    A: Even though children who haven’t received DTaP vaccines are at least 8 times more likely to get pertussis than children who received all 5 recommended doses of DTaP, they are not the driving force behind the large scale outbreaks or epidemics. However, their parents are putting them at greater risk of getting a serious pertussis infection and then possibly spreading it to other family or community members.
    We often see people blaming pertussis outbreaks on people coming to the US from other counties. This is not the case. Pertussis was never eliminated from the US like measles or polio, so there’s always the chance for it to get into a community. Plus, every country vaccinates against pertussis.

    This comes straight from; http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html

    • I am Anon

      Plus, every country vaccinates against pertussis. Yea right. Hello, there is a reason they are called 3rd world countries. To say Mexico vacinates like the USA is a STUPID statement.

  • Christie Barker

    I still can’t believe that some parents don’t get their children vaccinated & I know of the family & I am not so sure that they all had their vaccinations.

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