The Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services Department, Disease Prevention and Control, has issued an urgent public heath alert (August 2012). The entire seven-county metro area, including Anoka County, is currently an epidemic area for pertussis (whooping cough).
In accordance with Anoka County, the following recommendation is communicated to Independent School District 15 staff:
All adults, most especially those who work with children, as well as parents, guardians and grandparents, women who are greater than 20 weeks pregnant or receiving postpartum care and infant and toddler caregivers should have a current Tdap. Unvaccinated adults can transmit pertussis without experiencing the same symptoms as children.
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a disease that affects the lungs. Pertussis bacteria are spread from person to person through the air. A person with pertussis develops a severe cough that usually lasts four to six weeks or longer. Pertussis can be very serious, especially in children.
Health Services of ISD 15 will be offering the Tdap vaccine at the annual flu shot clinic scheduled for September 26. The clinic is run by MVNA - Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. More information will be sent to staff in the next few weeks.