Whooping Cough or Pertussis


The vaccine Tdap should be given to everyone age 10 and above. This is HIGHLY recommended due to the recent epidemic of Pertussis or Whooping Cough that has been reported in the state. Please contact your Building Nurse or District Nurse if you have any questions.


December 2017 Staff and Parents

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

It has been reported that we have a small outbreak of whooping cough nearby.

  • Contact your healthcare provider if you or your child has a cough for 7 days or longer.
    • Your health care provider can do a test for whooping cough.
    • Whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics.


  • Make sure you and your families are up to date on your vaccinations.
    • Vaccination can prevent illness and decrease symptoms.
    • There is a vaccine type for all ages. Talk to your healthcare provider.


  • Stay home when ill.
    • Whooping cough is infectious (most likely to spread to others) in the first three weeks of the illness.
    • Symptoms start with a mild cough, runny nose, sneezing, and possibly a fever.
    • After 1 or 2 weeks, the cough can get worse and may: occur in sudden, uncontrollable bursts; end in vomiting and/or or a high-pitched whooping noise; be worse at night.
    • Whooping cough may be milder in adults and older children, so you could pass it to others without knowing it.


For more information, contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 877-676-5414 or visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s Pertussis (Whooping Cough) website (www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/pertussis/pfacts.html).


Angela Elhard PHN LSN, ISD 318 District Nurse

aelhard@isd318.org or 218-327-5760 ext. 41423