Whooping cough case reported

(WEAU) – Pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough has come to the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School.

“One case has been confirmed in the Eau Claire Montessori School and in a child. And we are currently contacting the family members of the child,” said Director of the Health Department, Richard Thoune.

Principal Todd Johnson sent a letter out to inform parents.

“We’re not really concerned about the epidemic or the case that's been reported at Montessori,| said parent, Dan Petty.

"Yeah we had immunizations so I think we’re ok, as far as I know were ok,” parent, Brooke Mortenson said.

Richard Thoune, Director of the Health Department has seen cases recently.

“We’re over 60 cases right since mid November 2011,” said Thoune.

The Health Department says whooping cough starts like a cold, but can turn into a more serious illness where the child has explosive coughing, makes it hard to catch their breath and even leads to throwing up and exhaustion.

It says more than half of babies with it will have to go to the hospital.

Both the Health Department and Walgreen's offers vaccines. Experts say there are precautions that can be taken at home as well.

“I told the girls to wash their hands and do that kind of thing,” said Mortenson.

“I continue to emphasize good personal hygiene and identifying children who need to be vaccinated. Keep your children vaccinated. That's really important,” said Thoune.

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  • by Tom Location: Eau Claire on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    My child WAS vaccinated, and was the only one of 5 in the house who was confirmed with pertussis. Quit accusing and assuming neglagence - the vaccine is not 100% effective; read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/19/whooping-cough-vaccine-three-years_n_970139.html
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      by Bruce Gal on Jan 28, 2012 at 05:02 AM in reply to Tom
      But your child at least got it lighter than if they hadn't got the shot I bet.
  • by tom Location: Eau Claire on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    Charter schools. Lets have more of them in the state. Way to go Walker. Cant wait till you get your walking papers.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM in reply to tom
      Seriously, blaming this on Charter School! How about the huge outbreak in other non-charter schools recently-do your research! Charter schools have been around a lot longer than Walker. I am so tired of ignorant and uneducated people making comments like this!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    According to what my co-worker whose child and husband both got whooping cough was told by the health department, the vaccinations they give now for whooping cough are not as strong as they used to be so people need to get booster shots.
  • by Julie on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:08 AM
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      by Illogical on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:17 AM in reply to Julie
      So...kids who were vaccinated are still getting the ailment, but you wanna punish the other parents for negligence....yet don't seem to want to hold the medical field responsible for a vaccine that doesn't work?
  • by Mary Location: WI. on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    For everyone's information, vaccinations are not 100%. I know...our family had pertussis in spite of being up to date on all vaccinations.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    Many of the children getting this have been immunized. Tha's what's scary about it.
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      by Hilman on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:06 AM in reply to
      What is really scary is why is this and other diseases that were 'eradicated' from our nation coming back the past ten years or so? Let us just ignore that pink elephant.
  • by me on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
    I know I am jumping to conclusions, but please immunize your children! I am not buying the autism defense either as a parent with a diagnosed child. Symptoms were there before the shots were given. I don't want my kids to get sick because you are negligent. Sorry if you don't like my opinion, I don't like my kids in the hospital....
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      by They had theirs on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to me
      The kids getting this WERE vaccined...so if the vaccine is the cure all, why is it the kids that get the vaccine are the ones getting sick? Do some research on your own and stop just spewing whatever your doctor tells you...
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        by Northwoods Free Man on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:49 AM in reply to They had theirs
        Did I read you right? We shouldn't listen to doctors for health care advice? Pray tell, who should we listen to... Hollywood actors?
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          by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to Northwoods Free Man
          You cannot always trust the doctors. It is not their fault. Many doctors cannot always say what they think is best for specific situations. We had one awesome doctor who told us to use a common household supply to take care of a medical problem with my son-It worked and cost under $3!-now he cannot even mention that remedy as he has to stick to protocol, which would inflict pain, cost hundreds of dollars and is not nearly as effective! Doctor's have to stick to business protocol (remember- hospitals are a business). Unfortunately, their protocol is to push drugs to willing people as hospitals receive perks from these pharmaceutical companies-the more they prescribe the more perks and funding for the hospital. So be careful!!!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM in reply to They had theirs
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      by Illogical on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to me
      So...if your kids were vaccinated, why are you afraid they will end up in the hospital? Or, doesn't the vaccine work? And, if it doesn't work for your kids, why do you assume it will work for others and thereby protect your kids?
  • by anon Location: augusta on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
    lots of this unreported around us- amish do not vaccinate and seldom go to the doctor
  • by M Location: Strum on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
    I would like to know how many of the reported 60 cases were immunized prior to the illness.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM in reply to M
      Many of the children are immunized, but still get whooping cough...they get less severe symptoms.
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      by LAB on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM in reply to M
      I would like to know the same thing. Was this child vaccinated? Of the 60 cases, how many are fully vaccinated? Were unvaccinated children deliberately unvaccinated (the parents took a "religious" exemption)? Unfortunately, the parent interviewed who thinks his kids are safe because they were vaccinated is not entirely correct. For vaccination programs to work, everybody who can must participate. This creates what's called "herd immunity," meaning everybody gets the shots so an outbreak can't sweep through and gather strength. Vaccination doesn't work for everybody, and some are too young or too sick (i.e., children with cancer) to be vaccinated. So even if your kids are vaccinated, if they go to a school surrounded by kids who aren't, your kids may be at risk. Any babies--or, in the case of rubella, unborn babies of pregnant women--coming into the school are definitely at risk.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM in reply to LAB
        So, since everyone cannot get the vaccination and since it does not work for everyone, vaccinating can make the bacteria stronger. The bacteria becomes stronger naturally in trying to resist the immunizations which is why now booster shots are needed and why the vaccinations do not work effectively. So I think the argument we should be having is against those who get the vaccine!!!!
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