Coolum student diagnosed with whooping cough

PARENTS at Coolum State School are being urged to seek medical advice if their child has a persistent cough after a student was diagnosed with whooping cough. 

The Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has been notified a year five student at the school has been diagnosed.

The student was diagnosed before the holidays and is now clear.

The incubation period is two to three weeks.

INFORMATION FROM SUNSHINE COAST PUBLIC HEALTH UNITThe Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a case of...

Posted by Coolum State School on Monday, July 13, 2015

Whooping cough is a highly infectious illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing. The illness is troublesome and distressing at any age but can be very serious in young infants.

Vaccination gives good protection to young children, but unfortunately, this protection does wane with time.

Even vaccinated children may develop, and spread, whooping cough.