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Lutheran High School warns parents after whooping cough diagnosis

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There is medication that can be prescribed if you think your child was exposed to whooping cough. (AP) There is medication that can be prescribed if you think your child was exposed to whooping cough. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A school is warning parents after another student was diagnosed with whooping cough.

The Lutheran High School of Kansas City sent home a letter to inform parents about the case of pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough.

Doctors say the infection is very contagious and is spread by coughing.

The school told parents that if their child is sick, especially if they are coughing, it is important to keep them home from class.

Whooping cough has a distinct sound due to where the infection impacts the respiratory system. Doctors say the cough can sound like a whooping crane.

Most children recover, but it can be deadly for infants or children with weakened immune systems.

The University of Kansas Hospital’s professor of pediatrics says vaccinations are the best way to protect a child from whooping cough, even though “no vaccine is 100 percent.”

 “Those who have been vaccinated, if they do get exposed, they get a much less invasive disease and are less sick,” said Pam Shaw.

Shaw says there is medication that can be prescribed if you think your child was exposed to whooping cough. She recommends contacting your child's doctor.

The Lee's Summit school district also sent home a letter to parents in early October. There have been seven confirmed cases of whooping cough at the Hazel Grove Elementary School there.

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