La Cañada Unified School District nurse Danielle Chandler is urging La Cañada High School students to get vaccinated for pertussis — also known as whooping cough — as at least one case has popped up at La Cañada High School.
The La Cañada High School PTAs e-mailed letters to school parents on March 17, informing them about the symptoms and treatments for pertussis.
A bacterial infection, pertussis is spread through the air when people cough. Symptoms usually start out like a common cold, but get worse over one to two weeks. Pertussis produces coughing spells that may last several seconds. As people try to catch their breath at the end of each coughing spell, they may gasp loudly (whoop) and vomit or choke.