The Northern Kentucky Health Department has asked the KCSD to inform parents and guardians that they are seeing an increased number of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases reported in the Northern Kentucky area. Pertussis is a contagious disease that can be spread in settings where people are in close contact. The early cold-like symptoms of Pertussis progress to a persistent cough that won’t go away and worsens with time, explosive bursts of coughing, vomiting after a coughing episode, a high pitched “woop” at the end of a coughing episode, and low grade fever. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms please contact your medical provider. The best way to prevent Pertussis is by vaccination that is why it is so important for us to have the proper, up to date immunization information for your child. The Northern Kentucky Health Department recommends the Tdap vaccine to adults who work in areas of close contact and parents of small children. This vaccine can be obtained from the health department for $4.00, if your health care provider is unable to provide it. Please contact the Health Department at 859-363-2072 with any additional questions or concerns.