Hello McKinley Families, a district dialer went to all McKinley families this afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m.

In an effort to ensure we are all adequately informed, I want to follow up with a post on our websites. This is an important message regarding a case of pertussis – whooping cough – that has been identified at our school.

Pertussis is spread in the air through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include runny nose, slight fever and cough which becomes worse. Coughing spasms may follow with a whooping sound, gagging, vomiting, choking or turning blue. Infants and older adults are at highest risk for complications.

The disease is treated with antibiotics. Call your doctor if your child has symptoms or is not fully immunized. Your doctor may want to test for Pertussis, even if your child has a new symptom of runny nose, without a cough. To be fully immunized, all children over age 10 and adults (including those over age 64 years) must receive a booster shot at least once. Younger children must have 5 shots by school entry. California Immunization law requires a Tdap booster for school attendance for grades 7-12.

For more information on Pertussis or county immunization clinics, call the County Health Department at 1-866-358-2966.

I understand your concern, however, calls to the school with questions about the individual’s identity or grade level cannot be answered due to confidentiality issues. We appreciate your understanding.

Deb Ganderton,

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