Students at local high school get sick with whooping cough despite vaccinations, administrators say

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SEATTLE — An area high school is reporting several students have been sickened with whooping cough since mid-October, despite being vaccinated against the highly contagious bacterial disease.

Roosevelt High School administrators sent a letter to students’ families recently warning them that some students had been diagnosed and treated for Pertussis — more commonly known as whooping cough — since mid-October.

Several of the students were fully vaccinated, but still go sick, the school said.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious, bacterial infection of the nose and throat. It is an upper-respiratory infection that is characterized by coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and occasional vomiting that later progresses into a loud, exhausting cough.

“I know someone who had it,” one student told Q13 FOX News This Morning. “It wasn’t just a cough.”

Whooping cough is spread easily in crowded settings, and school officials encouraged all students to get a vaccine booster shot known as the Tdap Booster to better protect against the infection.

According to the most recent health department numbers, cases of whooping cough in the state are actually down over last year. This year, 396 cases of whooping cough have been reported, compared to 644 over the same time last year. King County has 73 reported cases.

Tdap Booster shots are being dispersed at the Roosevelt Teen Health Center.

School administrators also encouraged vigorous and frequent hand washing to help protect against whooping cough.



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  • not politically correct and that rocks

    My daughter goes there, and she mentioned how the mexican students are the ones who have been coughing for weeks. Gotta love those open orders, right?

    • David Foster

      An unfortunate combination of bigotry and ignorance. As in many communities with significant Hispanic populations, I would hazard to guess that the Hispanics in this area have on average lived there longer than most other groups.

      • David Foster

        You’re right, one article is not proof. Are you familiar with the actual statistics from the CDC on pertussis outbreaks around the country? Are you familiar with the recent science which is finding that pertussis vaccines are actually contributing to the outbreaks? Do YOU know what the hell you are talking about?

        • Mark Stolzoff

          ” Are you familiar with the recent science which is finding that pertussis vaccines are actually contributing to the outbreaks”

          No such thing, there are some cute aricles from anti vax nutjobs but nothing in any peer reviewed medical journals

          • David Foster

            Wow only 13 comments total for this article, but I already know that you add zero content, calls people names,… that’s about it. Oh wait one more thing, you don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ll provide you some peer-reviewed references on Monday.

  • Marlene

    If you look at CDC statistics, they show that the majority in outbreaks of all “vaccine preventable” illnesses are in vaccinated individuals. Also the FDA says that these illnesses occur most often in highly vaccinated populations. So why do they push vaccines? Money.

    • DBNWY

      Marlene, AGREED! Unfortunately the majority of parents do absolutely no research of the pros and cons of vaccines. They rely on the profit makers to tell them how safe and effective vaccines are. That is why the LA times just published an article that educated parents do not vaccinate their children.

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