GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A Greenville High School student has a confirmed case of whooping cough, according to the Mid-Michigan Health Department.
The illness, formally known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection named for the sound patients make when they cough.
Pertussis is covered by the D-Tap vaccine that most children receive.
School officials are asking unvaccinated students at Greenville High School to stay home for 20 days following the recommendation from the Mid-Michigan Health Department.
The message was sent to parents and affected only a handful of the school’s 1,150 students.
The Mid-Michigan Health Department says vaccination is crucial to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Pertussis vaccine is 80 to 90 percent effective. So there are going to be those few people unfortunately that are not protected fully even after getting the vaccine,” said Director of Community Health at Mid-Michigan Health Department. “But that’s why it’s so important for others to get vaccinated so that we have what’s called herd immunity.”