School Notifies Parents of Outbreak
AVON, Ohio — Officials with Avon Local Schools are urging parents to watch their children for symptoms of the common cold that could turn out to be something worse.
The Lorain County General Health District put out an alert that two Avon Local Schools students have pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Pertussis can be transmitted when a person coughs, sneezes or talks.
The symptoms may seem like those of a common cold but the coughing becomes more severe and more frequent at night.
The incubation period can be up to three weeks.
Children are vaccinated for pertussis by kindergarten and a booster dose is given when they reach 7th grade.
The people who are at greatest risk of complications of pertussis are infants, pregnant women and people with chronic health problems.
If symptoms occur, seek medical attention and let your doctor know about the outbreak.