Pertussis Talking Points for Schools 

Several area schools are seeing an increased incidence of Pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough and Olmsted County Public Health is monitoring this in our community. Here is some key information:

1. Persons, who are experiencing a prolonged, persistent cough lasting more than one week, should contact their medical provider and request a test for pertussis. Persons with pertussis are contagious for up three weeks or until antibiotics are taken for five days.

2. Persons with pertussis are advised not go to school, work, or participate in group activities until 5 days of antibiotic treatment is completed.

3. The Minnesota Department of Health does not recommend closing schools due to outbreaks of pertussis.

4. Continuation or cancelation of school activities are at the discretion of the school administrators, coaches and activity leaders.