Whooping Cough (Pertussis):
Symptoms: Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory illness. It can be serious, especially in young, unvaccinated children. Symptoms usually begin as mild cough, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes fever. In 1 or 2 weeks, it can develop into coughing attacks that can end up in vomiting and/or a high pitched "whoop". Coughing is usually worse at nighttime and can last up to 3 months.
Spread: Pertussis is spread by coughing or sneezing.
Treatment: If Pertussis is suspected or an exposure, contact your doctor. A lab test may be done to test for Pertussis. Antibiotics may be prescribed if test is positive. Being vaccinated for Pertussis can help prevent the spread of the disease.
Your child should stay home for 5 days after the start of antibiotics, if Pertussis is confirmed.