Whooping Cough Case Confirmed At Lenoir Co. School

Up to 90 people may have been exposed after a case of whooping cough was confirmed at a Lenoir County elementary school.

A temporary clinic has been set up at the Pink Hill Community Center for those exposed to receive the needed treatment. So far seven adults and 26 children have been treated.

Health Director Joey Huff says a physician confirmed the case of a student at Pink Hill Elementary School earlier this week. He says the health department worked with school officials to identify other children who may have been exposed.

Whooping cough is a very serious disease, especially for young children and infants less than one year old. The disease is highly contagious and can be easily spread through talking, sneezing or coughing.

Symptoms start out with a runny nose, sneezing, mild fever and a cough that slowly gets worse. The next stage has uncontrolled coughing spells or fits, especially at night, and a high-pitched "whoop" sound when the person inhales.

State law requires all children to receive five does of the pertussis vaccine before going to school, unless they receive a religious exemption. Huff says they're doing post-exposure treatment because sometimes the vaccines aren't 100% effective and in some case people may never have been vaccinated.

Huff says the boy had been vaccinated, but he's not sure if the child had completed all five doses or not.


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  • by PRO VACCINES on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    This is why everyone should be vaccinated. They are some situations that children can not receive their vaccines and this why it is so important for everyone else to protect themselves. If your child has recieved their Dtap or Tdap they are protected. There are a lot of parents that refuse vaccines for alot of different reasons.?? The only exceptions should be that of medical reasons. They do work! Polio-gone, Chicken Pox-rare, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella-rare. Go to the web site immunize.org and you can learn alot about vaccines and see pictures of what these diseases look like, not a pleasent picture. Education is very important.
  • by Mother of 3 on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    The boy in question is up to date on all his vaccine. He can't take the DTaP vaccine because of an allergic reaction to the pertussis vaccine. Instead of blaming the family for this you need to start wondering where he hot it at. It is mighty funny that all these people are here judging this family and the parents of the kids that came in contact with this boy are not here making judgements. Please mind your business unless you know the whole story then pass judgement.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    And another thing army mom lol lol I don't eat cantalope..no worries there, plus it don't matter where you are what your doing if it's your time it's your time...
  • by Patrick Thomas Location: Florida on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    The vaccine is a complete JOKE. It doesn't work, folks. I have compiled countless mainstream news articles and mainstream studies which PROVE the vaccine is completely worthless. Here is the link where I have all of this information stored: "A collection of mainstream news reports and studies exploding the whooping cough vaccine myth" http://www.dailypaul.com/167931/a-collection-of-mainstream-news-reports-and-studies-exploding-the-whooping-cough-vaccine-myth .
  • by Melissa Location: Greenville on Oct 29, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    OK, so the "Anonymous" person who knows this family posted here that the boy did not get the complete series of vaccinations because he had an unpleasant reaction to the shot. I wonder which was worse, getting the shot or ACTUALLY HAVING WHOOPING COUGH (not to mention, exposing upwards of 90 other people and creating all this uproar). Sometimes we have to endure things we don't want to for the greater good or to protect us from our own lack of knowledge.
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      by Patsy Cline on Oct 29, 2011 at 07:54 PM in reply to Melissa
      Amen! if you are referring to self-proclaimed "wise woman" I never thought of NOT taking my children to get them vaccinated at the appropriate scheduled times by their doctors office. I can't understand any mother doing differently. However with all the contaminated fruit and vegetables and people coming over here that have NOT been vaccinated, you have to realize a breakout of SOMETHING is bound to happen. We have not experienced these problems until lately so I have to think its laziness and not caring about your own child's health here. Now...as far as these flu and swine flu vaccines....I'm not real sure on. They haven't been around long enough to know the real outcome. But the U.S. seems to have been successful in its history of wiping out diseases such as this until now. So.....we need to examine the cause. Besides, the schools, I thought, were required to make certain children were vaccinated. They sure sent me letters home when it was time for booster shots. We passed on the swine vaccination though and I'm glad we did. I've heard numerous cases of people getting debiliating illnesses since they received it.
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        by Patrick Thomas on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:47 AM in reply to Patsy Cline
        Patsy Cline said: "so I have to think its laziness and not caring about your own child's health." ---------------------------------- Are you kidding me? 95% of you out there eat at McDonald's and fill your shopping carts full of processed, sugared-up "food" and also drink gallons of Cokes/teas/coffees, etc. What should be stressed instead of vaccines is how people should be consuming all 90-some-odd vitamins, minerals and amino acids in order to attain/retain their health? What about the consumption of live enzymes? What about getting plenty of sleep? What about reducing stress? What about getting exercise? What about breast feeding? What about the avoidance toxins and/or detoxing the body? What about the avoidance of Cokes and Count Chocula? Why is it always about vaccines, vaccines and more vaccines? Health does NOT come from the end of a needle.
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          by b on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:03 PM in reply to Patrick Thomas
          Way to go Patrick thank you so much for saying that.
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      by Concerned on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:50 PM in reply to Melissa
      Melissa, maybe that is question for the doctors who decided 3 years ago the risk this shot would have the this young boys health out weighed the need for the shot! You are acting line 90 people were infected! 90 people were exposed not infected! It is not like the child just woke up with Whooping Cough! The Whooping Cough by someone else! If you are a mother I can't imagine you would give your child a shot that could potential be harmful for your Childs health!! It is not a decision the mother or the doctors came to lightly!! I am sure when the decision was made it was not to create a UPROAR as you nice put it!!
  • by wise woman Location: Kinston on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    Ok so I have read all of these comments and first and for most, I work in a pediatric office and this is directed to the person that has bad mouthed a person for no reason what so ever because you don't know your facts about what has really happened. The whooping cough can be serious in young children however the child in question very well could have gotten this because of someone else neglecting to have their child vaccinated with the vaccine Dtap. But for certain children, they can be allergic to a portion of this vaccine which protects against "whooping cough" or the pertussis portion better known to those who actually are smart enough to get facts before making judgement. Now please for those of you that feel the need to blame your schools for not informing you or you are just so "concerned" that your child has been infected, did you get your child vaccinated every time on time? Did you get your flu vaccine protection for you and your child? I pretty sure you probably haven't and will not. So basically people need to know your facts, actually read about the vaccines, learn the contraindications about the vaccines, because this will explain why certain children/parents are not eligible for them.
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      by Melissa on Oct 29, 2011 at 02:36 PM in reply to wise woman
      You've posted this 3 times. Enough already. It's not as brilliant as you think it is.
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        by BIKERMOM on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:07 PM in reply to Melissa
        Dang melissa did you really read it...lol I mean really...Humm she should know...when you work in a peds office you have to know what and why you are giving it to a child...Wow..You need to find something that your better at hahahah I mean really...You all want to down this family well let me just explain something, no one is perfect NO ONE, so therefore don't judge other's and also this family done everything that they were suppose to do...Where you there NO then zip it!!!!!!
  • by t Location: dc on Oct 29, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    likely all will be okay.Guess what? in that same school ( and in every school, and in walmart, etc) there are likely undiagnosed cases of hepatitis, Tb ( yes , its still around) hiv etc. Anywhere you go you are exposed to disease, especially if you ever visit the hospital
  • by zapa Location: aurora on Oct 29, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    The kids, who do not have proper vaccination for whatever reason should not be attending a public (private) school. For the safety of the others! And every school should check whether the kids have up-to-date immunisation. I personally know a kid, who in 5th grade did not have all her shots, and the school never bothered to check. The school only required her shot records when she inrolled into kindergarten, and never again. Never checked the booster shots. Since unfortunately so many parents seem to be irresponsible at least the school could keep the students safe by checking shot records regualarly.
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      by Concerned on Oct 30, 2011 at 07:00 PM in reply to zapa
      So you are saying this child should not be allowed to attend pubic school! Please spare me their are many children who medically can not have some vaccines! get a life this young child is just like any other kid who had a bad reaction to a shot! He is not going to wipe out the whole county with the Whooping Cough! There are many people who get the whooping cough even I they receive they receive all 5 shots! And it can be spread by someone that has the vaccine just as much as it can by someone who has not!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    True, I have a family member who refuses to vaccinate her children and she legal as anyone here since the Mayflower. She just thinks she is smarter than the doctors.
  • by wise woman Location: Kinston on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    Ok so I have read all of these comments and first and for most, I work in a pediatric office and this is directed to the person that has bad mouthed a person for no reason what so ever because you don't know your facts about what has really happened. The whooping cough can be serious in young children however the child in question very well could have gotten this because of someone else neglecting to have their child vaccinated with the vaccine Dtap. But for certain children, they can be allergic to a portion of this vaccine which protects against "whooping cough" or the pertussis portion better known to those who actually are smart enough to get facts before making judgement. Now please for those of you that feel the need to blame your schools for not informing you or you are just so "concerned" that your child has been infected, did you get your child vaccinated every time on time? Did you get your flu vaccine protection for you and your child? I pretty sure you probably haven't and will not. So basically people need to know your facts, actually read about the vaccines, learn the contraindications about the vaccines, because this will explain why certain children/parents are not eligible for them.
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