King student with Whooping Cough had been vaccinated
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CORPUS CHRISTI -
Corpus Christi ISD confirms a King High School student diagnosed with whooping cough on Friday had been vaccinated for the disease.
Infection among the vaccinated is rare, but not unheard of.
Most whooping cough cases occur either in infants too young to have completed the vaccination series or among teenagers and young adults whose immunity has faded since they were vaccinated.
Whooping cough in a school environment is particularly worrisome. But there are steps students and parents can take to protect themselves.
The disease spreads very easily, so the most important thing to do for your teen is to stay up to date on immunizations.
"We provide vaccines against whooping cough from the time you're 2 months old to an adolescent, so it is very important because immunity against whooping cough does not last for a long long time," Driscoll's Infectious Disease specialist, Dr. Jaime Fergie told KRIS6 News.
In a classroom situation, several cases of whooping cough can spread quickly.
"It's transmitted by what we call droplets, so when people cough or sneeze, little particles come from the mouth or nose, and they go around 3 feet from the person," says Dr. Fergie.
If you're unsure if your teen has whooping cough, they should immediately see a doctor to decrease the chance of infecting someone else.
Dr. Smith also advises everyone in the household to get antibiotics to prevent spreading it within a family.
"You need to be vigilant and if somebody is sick, before going to school, see your doctor to be sure that you have just a common cold and not a whooping cough," according to Dr. Fergie. "The best thing to do is to be updated with your vaccines."
Now the King High School student has undergone treatment for Whooping Cough and has already returned to the campus while health officials continue monitoring the patient.