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School Health Reference Guide

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Description/Symptoms
  • Caused by a bacteria.
  • May start with common cold symptoms, such as runny nose, mild fever and cough. It often turns into a series of severe coughing spells that can continue over a period of six to 12 weeks. A coughing attack may end with a high-pitched whoop as the person gasps for air and may vomit.
  • Coughing is often worse at night.
  • Most contagious early in the illness and for up to 21 days after the cough starts.
  • Spread by close contact with the discharges or droplet spray from the nose and throat of an infected person.
  • The period between exposure to the infection and the appearance of symptoms is five to 21 days.
  • A child can return to school five days after starting antibiotics or 21 days after onset without antibiotics.
Instructions for Schools
  • Report immediately to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
  • Child can return to school five days after starting antibiotics or 21 days from onset without antibiotics.
  • The distinct cough can last six to 12 weeks even with treatment.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues. If contact follow up of those exposed is required, Peel Public Health will contact those who are at risk.
Notes
  • Vaccinations are given as part of the routine childhood immunization schedule.
  • Consult Peel Public Health to determine if a letter has to go out to the classroom contacts.

Disclaimer:
Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.


For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)
 

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Revised: Tuesday January 12 2016