The Saratoga County Health
Department is concerned that some county children
are returning to school too soon after being swabbed
(tested) for pertussis.
They have asked us to remind
parents that if your pediatrician swabs your child's
throat for pertussis, that means he or she feels the
child may have this illness. Your child MUST remain
home until he or she has finished the full five days
of antibiotic, and until the test results are
confirmed one way or another.
This extra measure of vigilance
will help us prevent the spread of this highly
Press release of January 26, 2012
Second case of pertussis is confirmed
at Stevens School
BURNT HILLS: Stevens
School has been informed that a second fifth grade pupil
has a confirmed case of pertussis, which is also
often called whooping cough. The second child was
recently in close contact with the first child.
Informational letters to
parents from Stevens principal Ralph Rothacker went
home with students on January 24 and on January 26,
and are linked below. Although most people receive several
inoculations against pertussis as a small child,
there are a number of reasons why cases of pertussis
continue to grow across the US.
Mr. Rothacker's letters include
answers to Frequently Asked Questions about
pertussis. "There is information here that will
be new to some parents, for instance about booster
shots for older children and adults," he says. "I
urge all parents to read this and to call their
physician if they have further questions. Nurse
Tracey Hay and I remain in direct contact with the
Saratoga County Department of Health and will
continue to follow their advice."
Mr. Rothacker is also asking parents to promote the
same good hygiene rules as the school, including:
● Teach children
to cough into a tissue or into their sleeve (crook
of their elbow), rather than into their hands. Then
to place the used tissue promptly in the waste
basket and to wash their hands.
children & adults about proper hand washing
technique, including the use of hot water & soap.
● Keep bathrooms
well supplied with soap and paper towels. Hand
sanitizers can also be helpful in situations where
soap and water are not available.
Jan. 24 letter and FAQs here (pdf
January 26 letter