School Nurse Week: Whooping Cough - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/02

School Nurse Week: Whooping Cough

This is School Nurse Week, a celebration of 100 years of school nursing. So, this week, HealthWise, we're handing the NewsChannel 11 micophone over to five Lubbock schools so they can bring you health information from the nurse's office.

"Hi, I'm Jane Tustin, Coordinator of Health Services at LISD. This time of year, lots of parents are getting letters from school nurses telling them now is the time to get their shots so that the kids can attend school. This is not something the school district makes up. It's according to a law written by the Texas Department of Health requiring immunizations for children. And children can be excluded from school if they do not have those shots. Parents always ask me, 'why should they get these shots. We don't have these diseases around anymore.' Last year, the State Health Department recorded over 600 cases of whooping cough. This year, we've had more than 300 cases of whooping cough. And unfortunately, four infants have died. Immunizations are important. This is not something you can just wait until the child is ready to go to school to start their shots."

If you'd like to know what Whooping Cough sounds like, you can (click here ) and actually hear an infant with that cough.

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