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Whooping cough case confirmed at HF-L

Public health officials are encouraging parents to immunize their infants and children against the 14 vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, including whooping cough and chicken pox

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. (WHAM) - One case of pertussis - also known as whooping cough - has been confirmed at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.

The school district made the news public Wednesday, adding that they are working closely with the County Health Department.

Pertussis can be especially dangerous for the very young and the elderly, which makes it even more pressing for students to be vaccinated against the infection.

If you or anyone in your home has contact with infants, toddlers, or preschoolers, has never received Pertussis vaccination, has not completed the full series, has an immune deficiency, has a serious chronic medical condition, or is pregnant, they should immediately contact their primary care physician.

Any children who are suspected of having whooping cough, the district asks that they not be sent to school until the matter is discussed with your physician. Confirmed whooping cough cases require five full days of antibiotic therapy before students may be in school.

More information about whooping cough can be found through the NYS Department of Health and CDC websites.

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