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keep your children healthy from common illnesses.
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Health departments provide advice on preventing the spread of
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
Your children’s health: preventing and addressing
pertussis (whooping cough)
View a brochure about Common Childhood Diseases (PDF)
View a letter from the Commissioner of Health about
Flu Facts for Parents (PDF)
View Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents
The first and most important step in protecting
against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season, and The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that everyone 6
months of age and older be vaccinated.
In addition, the district would like to remind
parents to teach your children about good hygiene in order to reduce
their risk of getting the flu:
Teach children to wash hands often with hot water
and soap for at least 20 seconds (that's about as long as it takes
to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).
Teach children the proper way to use hand
sanitizers. Gels, rubs and hand wipes all work well, as long as they
contain at least 60% alcohol.
Teach children to keep their hands away from
their face and avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
Teach children to cover coughs and sneezes with
tissues, or to cough and sneeze into their sleeves - not their
For more information about
this year's flu
The New York State Department of Health website.
Your children’s health: preventing and
addressing pertussis (whooping cough)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), whooping cough (pertussis) is cyclical, peaking every three to
five years. Since the 1980s, the number of reported pertussis cases has
gradually increased in the United States. In 2005, more than 25,000
cases of pertussis were reported throughout the nation, the highest
number since 1959.
What is pertussis?
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease involving
the respiratory tract. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the
mouth, nose and throat of an infected person.
Who gets pertussis?
Pertussis can occur at any age. Pertussis is increasing in
teenagers and adults.
How is pertussis spread?
Pertussis is primarily spread by direct contact with discharges
from the nose and throat of persons with whooping cough.
What are symptoms of
Pertussis starts like a common cold,
including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and
a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough
becomes more severe. Rapid coughs
can be followed by a crowning or high-pitched
whoop. The cough is more frequent at night.
When and for how long is a
person able to spread pertussis?
A person can spread pertussis from the time of the first cough
to three weeks after the cough has started.
What is the vaccine for
The vaccine for pertussis is usually given in combination with
dipthereisa and tetanus. Immunization authorities recemmond DTaP (dipthereia,
tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccine be given at 2, 4, 6 and 15-18
months of age and between 4 and 6 years of age. Tdap is now recommended
for 11-18 year olds as a one time booster dose.
Can pertussis be treated?
1. If you have a harsh, rapid cough, see your doctor or clinic.
2. Treatment with antibiotics for five days can prevent spreading the
infection to others.
If your child has the symptoms below, please call your child’s
healthcare provider for guidance. Symptoms usually appear 14-16 days after exposure.
Common signs and symptoms
of chicken pox:
Slight fever, feels tired and weak
May report a stomach ache
Itchy, blistered rash that first appears on the
trunk (stomach and back) and spreads to the face, arms and legs
The rash appears to be small water blisters.
In a day or two, the rash will form crusts that will
remain for a few days. As the blisters spread, some will be healing as
new ones appear. Your child needs to remain home from school until all
the blisters are crusted over (your child is contagious until that
Please notify the School Health Office at the number
below if your child becomes ill with chicken pox.
The Goshen Central School District is
providing information from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to
help parents and community members become better informed about the
illness and to help prevent its transmission.
Measles is a serious, highly contagious and potentially fatal virus that
is spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.
Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and a characteristic rash that
appears three to five days after the onset of illness. Without
complications, the typical duration of the illness is seven to 10 days.
It should be noted that measles can produce serious complications and,
in rare cases, death. Major complications can include pneumonia and
encephalitis. Complications occur in up to 30 percent of all measles
cases, with those under the age of 5 and over the age of 20 at greatest
risk. Pregnant women who contract measles have an increased risk of
low-birth-weight infants, premature labor, miscarriage and babies born
with birth defects.