Immunization urged after pertussis cases confirmed
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Six cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in North Kingstown, and officials are recommending vaccinations to stem any potential spread.
The Rhode Island Health Department says four cases of pertussis, its formal name, have been confirmed in students who attend Stony Lane Elementary School. One case was confirmed at Davisville Middle and another at Hamilton Elementary.
Schools closed June 19 for summer vacation. The first case was confirmed July 2.
The department urges children not up to date on their pertussis vaccination to be immunized. Adults are encouraged to get vaccinated as well. Town and school officials will hold two vaccination clinics.
Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection in the lungs and is highly contagious. It usually begins with cold symptoms and a cough. It’s treated with antibiotics.