By Mark Abrams

SEWELL, N.J. (CBS) — The Gloucester County, NJ health department has confirmed a case of whooping cough in the Kingsway Regional School District.

Gloucester County spokeswoman Deb Sellitto says school officials notified the county’s health department of a confirmed case of pertussis in the Kingsway High School on March 16th.

School authorities sent out notifications to parents about the discovery, along with recommendations to monitor their children.

“Parents should make sure that their children’s vaccines are kept up to date, and they should make sure that if they notice their child has a cough or is acting sickly they should notifiy their primary physician,” Sellitto tells KYW Newsradio.

She says there are guidelines and recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health being circulated by the school district.

Sellitto says Gloucester County has had four reported cases of pertussis in the last year, some of which were related to failure to vaccinate or keep up to date on immunizations.

For more information about whooping cough from the NJ Department of Health, click here.


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