The Macoupin County Health Department is keeping an eye on two-dozen cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in the Staunton School District. The cases all involve children, and include high school students and students in the 3rd and 4th grades. No classes have been cancelled as a result and none of the kids are hospitalized.
Health department officials say in the Staunton cases, a majority of students where vaccinated against whooping cough with just a few who had not received the vaccine. Pertussis is highly contagious but can be treated with a regiment of antibiotics. Some severe cases can be fatal especially for infants. The illness can also affect adults, and the T-dap booster shot is recommended every ten years to protect against pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus.