DEL MAR — A 5-year-old child who attended the Children’s Creative Workshop summer program at Torrey Pines Elementary School in the Del Mar Union School District has been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The child attended the camp from 9 a.m. to noon on July 6 and July 7.
The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working closely with Del Mar Union School District officials to notify the parents of all children who may have come into contact with the ill child.
Named for the “whoop” sound children and adults sometimes make when they try to breathe in during or after a severe coughing spell, whooping cough usually starts with flu-like symptoms, such as runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough.
It is recommended that children get five doses of DTaP vaccine, one dose at two months, four months, six months, 15 to 18 months, and four to six years of age. It is also recommended that people 11to 64 years of age receive a one-time dose of Tdap, given in place of a “tetanus booster,” which is administered every ten years.
For more information about whooping cough, call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (619) 692-8661, or visit www.sdiz.org.