July 19, 2012
Dear Parents and Community Members:
The Suffolk County
Department of Health recently notified us that an individual
attending Cougar Camp Session III from July 9-13 at Commack High School was diagnosed as having Pertussis, commonly
known as “whooping cough.”
If your child was exposed to Pertussis, it may take up to three weeks for symptoms to develop. Immunocompromised children may take longer to develop symptoms. If your child shows any signs of this illness, he/she should be evaluated by a physician who can perform a specific throat swab to test for the disease and determine if antibiotics are necessary. If your child is already sick, giving antibiotics early can help your child get well faster and lower the chances of spreading the disease to others. Family members and close contacts should also receive antibiotics if the child is diagnosed with Pertussis.
A new combination Tetanus/Pertussis vaccine is available which can provide protection against the disease. You can discuss administration of this vaccine with your physician.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding Pertussis, you may contact the Suffolk County Department of Health at (631) 853- 3055 or your family physician. As always, we stand ready to support you and the health and well being of your family. For additional information on Pertussis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov or www.pertussis.com.
Very truly yours,
Donald A. James Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools