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Meeting will cover whooping cough in Vail schools

The Pima County Health Department and Vail Unified School District are holding a meeting Thursday evening to inform parents of the rise in pertussis, or whooping cough, in the district and Pima County.

The public event will be held in the library at Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, at 5:30 p.m.

As of Dec. 5, there have been 89 cases of pertussis reported this year in Pima County and 25 cases reported in the school district, according to Erin Coulter, program coordinator at the Health Department.

To prevent getting sick, PCHD suggests:

  • Stay home from school or work if sick
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Get vaccinated regularly. Adults receive the booster shot DTaP and children receive the booster TDaP
  • If sick, take caution around babies under six months or anyone else who may not receive the vaccination

Pima County Chief Medical Officer Francisco García will speak at the meeting and will be available to answer questions.

Anyone who wants more information on pertussis can visit the PCHD website.

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