Case of whooping cough at VSS

A case of whooping cough at a Vernon high school shouldn’t alarm the community

A case of whooping cough at a Vernon high school shouldn’t alarm the community.

“It’s nothing to be worried about,” said Dr. Trevor Corneil, medical health officer.

Vernon Secondary School parents were issued a letter from the public health nurse that their child may have been exposed to pertussis.

“This is a precautionary letter as there has been at least one case of pertussis (whooping cough) at VSS,” said principal Malcolm Reid in a letter sent out to parents.

Whenever there is more than one case, Interior Health notifies the school and parents. But the local situation is not an outbreak, said Corneil.

“That’s actually how we keep track of the situation,” said Corneil, as parents are simply asked to watch for symptoms.

The exact number of cases cannot be released due to privacy, nor can immunization information.

Pertussis booster shots are offered locally in Grade 9.

“By Grade 8/9 we’re finding that immunity does wane,” said Corneil, adding that, “in healthy teens and young adults it really doesn’t look like much.”

But for infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems it can be more serious.

“It spreads easily from person to person. When someone with the disease coughs, sneezes, or laughs, tiny drops of fluid holding the germ (bacteria) are put into the air,” states the IH letter. “If people with the disease are not treated, they can infect others for up to three weeks after their cough starts.”

Several provinces across B.C. are experiencing outbreaks.


There was a rise in pertussis reported by Interior Health for the first half of 2015 with 58 cases in the region.



Just Posted

Interior Health issues warning about opioid-laced stimulants causing recent overdoses

Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider… Continue reading

Thieves strike Armstrong seniors home

‘What kind of waste of skin steals from seniors?’: residence caretaker

Smelly situation sniffed out at Vernon courthouse

Call of propane smell turns out to be sewer

Petition opposes speed increase on Vernon’s Commonage Road

A speed limit increase on Commonage Road is a clear safety concern: resident

Okanagan Symphony celebrates 60 years

Themes and Innovations is the second concert in the milestone season

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

VIDEO: B.C. man trapped under ATV for days shows promise at Victoria hospital

Out of induced coma, 41-year-old is smiling, squeezing hands and enjoying sunshine

Ski resorts selling mountain water is a risky move, critics say

Alberta allowed ski resort in Kananaskis Country to sell about 50 million litres to third party

Sportsnet looks at new options for Coach’s Corner time slot, post-Don Cherry

Spokesperson says Hall of Fame feature on tap this weekend after co-host’s firing

Woman wanted on Canada-wide warrant possibly in Central Okanagan

Brittany McLellan is unlawfully at large and wanted for breach of federal parole

Grand Forks residents protest on bridge to call for ‘fair’ compensation after 2018 floods

Demonstrators also criticized how long it has taken to be offered land deals

B.C. taxi drivers no longer exempt from wearing a seatbelt

Before, taxi drivers were allowed to forego a seatbelt when driving under 70 kilometres an hour

Salmon Arm RCMP say budget cuts won’t impact service

Police force, facing $10.7-million budget shortfall, says it won’t compromise public safety

Car dash covered in papers not an excuse for speeding, Delta police warn

After pulling driver over for speeding, police found his speedometer blocked by a stack of papers

Most Read