School District Closes After Whooping Cough Outbreak

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A school district near Duluth, Minn. decided to close for the day because of an outbreak of illness.

The South Shore School District in Port Wing, Wis. said they have been hit hard by whooping cough, strep infections, and the flu.

The district said they have had so many students and staff out recently, they decided to close school Thursday so they can stop the spread of illness.

Parent-teacher conferences and other school events planned this week have been cancelled, too.

There was already no school scheduled Friday and Monday, because of conferences and the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The district hopes that the long weekend will be enough to everyone healthy again.

  • sw

    People need to get shots for their kids!!!

  • Educated

    It’s the whooping cough vaccines that’s the problem. I have never hear of an “outbreak” and now there’s a vaccine and look an outbreak!

  • Bill

    it’s in the tetanus Tdap shot you n00b

  • Educated

    March 15, 2005 – An FDA expert panel has recommended the approval of a pair of new vaccines designed to prevent whooping cough in adolescents and adults.The three-vaccine combination has never been routinely given to adolescents and adults.

    Source: Todd Zwillich
    Todd Zwillich is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He has covered science and health care politics and policy since 1996 for publications including Reuters, Science magazine, and WebMD. Zwillich has written extensively on a broad range of policy topics including health insurance, Medicare, and bioterrorism. He has also covered controversial topics including human cloning, vaccine risks, and abortion.

  • michelle

    DPT – diphteria, PERTUSSIS, tetanus. The new vaccine is meant as an adjunct, but it’s been around for years. When you get your tetanus updated, they normally use DPT. Problem is, the vaccination needs to be repeated, and many don’t get their boosters, and so they lose immunity, causing outbreaks.

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