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Whooping cough at Shakopee Junior High

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Three students have been diagnosed with whooping cough at Shakopee Junior High School.

Shakopee school nurse Judy DeWeese sent a letter to parents on Tuesday informing them of the whooping cough cases and said the district is working with Scott County Public Health to prevent any further cases.

Whooping cough, the common name for pertussis, often begins with symptoms similar to the start of a common cold: runny nose, possible low-grade fever and a mild cough.

After one or two weeks, a persistent cough develops, coming in bursts that may end with a high-pitched whooping sound and sometimes vomiting. These coughing attacks may continue for up to six weeks and are more common at night.

While children can be vaccinated, it's not always 100 percent effective, and immunity decreases over time. Tdap is a pertussis-containing vaccine that is available for older children, adolescents and adults. Parents of children age 10 and older are urged to discuss the Tdap vaccine with their doctor.

Last year's whooping cough numbers of 611 in Minnesota were the lowest in fours years, but we've already topped that number this year.

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