WHOOPING COUGH and CHICKENPOX ALERTS
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Wellington College has been notified by the Public Health Service that one student in Year 12 was recently diagnosed with Whooping Cough (Pertussis). To date, this is the only case we are aware of.
Whooping Cough is a highly infectious bacterial disease that spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. It commonly causes bouts of severe coughing that can disturb sleep and can last for up to three months.
Please can you ensure your family are up to date with their immunisations to best protect them. If you have a young child at home (under 12 months) or you are pregnant, please consider being immunised.
For more information about Whooping Cough see the ARPHS website https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/whooping-cough, or telephone the Healthline on 0800 611 116 or visit your family doctor. For immunisation information, phone the Immunisation Advisory Centre on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or visit their website www.immune.org.nz
Please can you email our school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org if your son is diagnosed with Whooping Cough.
We also have one student with chicken pox. Chickenpox is contagious for 1-2 days before the spots appear until the spots have crusted over (usually 5-10 days after the spots appear). We ask that you keep your son at home. The Ministry of Health website has more information about chickenpox and there is information on immunisation here. You can also phone the Immunisation Advisory Service on 0880 IMMUNE. Please email Robyn, our school nurse if your son is diagnosed with either whooping cough or chicken pox on email@example.com.