The cough that may signal a common cold turned out to be something much more serious for several students in a Pennsylvania school district.
According to CBS 3 Philly, the East Penn School District notified families in a letter on Thursday of four schools with students having been diagnosed with pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough. The infected students range in age from high school to elementary school.
As stated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (link here), immunization of pertussis is required for children to attend any grade at school. If these recently identified cases fell under the following exemptions of required immunizations—medical reasons, religious beliefs, or strong ethical convictions—it’s perplexing why such mandates are even in place.
Infants and young children who have not been fully immunized can suffer serious and life-threatening complications from pertussis, which is why it is not a disease to simply sneeze at.
Read CBS 3 Philly’s original story: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/11/15/cases-of-whooping-cough-reported-at-4-east-penn-school-district-schools/.