Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Illinois State Board of Health recently approved the new requirements. So far this year, 30 cases of whooping cough have been reported in McHenry County while 299 cases were reported in 2012.
High school students will need to get a whooping cough vaccine next school year under new requirements recently approved by the Illinois State Board of Health. All sixth through twelfth grade students will be required to receive one booster shot of Tdap, which is an immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) for the 2013-14 school year, according to the McHenry County Department of Health press release. Last year, students in sixth through ninth grades were first required to get the vaccine before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, according to a District 300 press release. “Immunization is a shared responsibility,” said Patrick J. McNulty, administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health (…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The McHenry County Health Department confirms two cases, other suspected cases not yet confirmed.
The McHenry County Health Department confirmed two cases of pertussis, known as whooping cough, in Consolidated School District 158 schools. Health department officials confirmed two cases and there are other suspected cases that have not been confirmed, spokesperson Debra Quackenbush said Friday. The onset was Sept. 13, she said. Health officials confirmed the cases this week. Quackenbush did not indicate how many other District 158 cases are being reviewed. District 158 posted a health message on its website Thursday about three probable cases, two at Marlowe Middle School and one at Huntley High School. Quackenbush did not indicate which cases were confirmed. Several other cases at Marlowe have been referred for follow up to the health …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Students entering sixth and ninth grades now much get booster shot.
McHenry County’s whopping cough outbreak this school year was unprecedented, but county and state health officials hope it won’t be repeated thanks to a new vaccine requirement taking effect this fall. The Illinois State Department of Health issued a requirement for students entering sixth or ninth grades requiring a one-time “booster” vaccine for Pertussis, or whopping cough. The Illinois State Superintendent of Education endorsed the requirement. Students must have an appointment to get the vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption. McHenry County was hit particularly hard by the outbreak with 336 confirmed cases reported from August 2011 to April 2012, said Debra Quackenbush, Community Information Coordinator/PIO for …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
There are 172 cases reported in McHenry County.
The number of whooping cough cases in McHenry County now number 172 — coming close to passing up the record 191 cases reported in the county in 2004, according to the McHenry County Department of Health. The whooping cough is affecting students in 29 area schools and people in 13 communities. The age of those affected ranges from 3 months to 59 years. As of Nov. 30, with 164 cases reported in the county, the most cases — 54 — were reported in Cary. The other communities with the most cases in the county included Woodstock with 34 whooping cough cases, Crystal Lake with 20 cases and Lake in the Hills with 15 cases. The health department has graphs detailing the breakdown of other communities affected. The health department will partner …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Is the whooping cough outbreak in McHenry County a matter of concern for you? Have you and your children received the whooping cough vaccine? Tell us in our polls below.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The number of whooping cough cases continue to climb in McHenry County. As of Tuesday morning, there were 154 caes of pertussis, or whooping cough, reported in the county. Take our polls below to let us know if the outbreak is a matter of concern for you. And to read all of our coverage on the whooping cough outbreak, visit here.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The first cases of whooping cough were reported on Oct. 14. At that time, there were eight cases.
The number of whooping cough cases in the county continues to grow. In total, 121 cases of pertussis or whooping cough have been reported in recent weeks, according to a Monday news release from the McHenry County Health Department. That is up from 99 reported on Nov. 14. The health department first released information on the outbreak on Oct. 14. At that time, there were eight cases. A timeline of the outbreak can be found in this Patch article. It is believed the whooping cough cases originated and then spread at a sporting event at Cary-Grove High School in August, county health officials told Patch in an earlier interview. The health department is urging residents with symptoms of whooping cough, or who are on medication for whooping …
Monday, November 21, 2011
As of Monday, 99 residents from 12 communities in McHenry County — ranging in age from 3 months old to 37 years old — had pertussis or whooping cough.
It could have been something as simple as a shared water bottle among teammates at a local high school sporting event. The McHenry County Department of Health has been hard at work investigating the whooping cough cases and suspects the outbreak started at some sort of athletic gathering at Cary-Grove High School in August, said Debra Quackenbush, the health department's community information coordinator. From there, the cases began to grow in Cary-Grove High School, eventually spreading to several more schools in Cary, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Huntley and Crystal Lake, and then, in recent weeks, to the general public. As of Monday, 99 residents from 12 communities in McHenry County — ranging in age from 3 months old to 37 years old…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Inmate charged for soliciting murder of judge, attorney, ex-wife.
A newly-released report by the Texas Transportation Institute ranks two Chicago expressways among the worst commuting routes in the country.The northbound lanes of I-55 between IL-53 and IL-83 were ranked among the top 20 congested commutes, and the northbound section of I-55 between Harlem and County Line Rd. was named one of the country's most "reliably unreliable" stretches, as was the eastbound section of the Eisenhower between Higgins and Austin, according to the report. A former Wheaton resident is held without bond for allegedly soliciting the murder of two DuPage County officials and two other private citizens. Between December 27, 2010 and November 15, 2011, Gordon Vanderark, 53, an inmate at the Centralia Correction Center, …
The McHenry County Department of Health is strongly urging those with whooping cough to stay home a full five days from school or work to prevent the continued spread of the disease.
As of Nov. 14, health officials reported 99 cases of whooping cough among McHenry County residents. The cases are reported mainly among school-aged children but also affecting an infant as young as 3 months old up to a 37-year-old. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis, according to the Center for Disease Control. Below are several tips on what types of vaccinations are recommended, as well as the symptoms and treatment for whooping cough. What vaccinations do health professionals recommend for adults, children, teens? What are the symptoms and complications of whooping cough? Complications Whooping cough is most dangerous for babies — half of infants younger …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The McHenry County Department of Health is offering a vaccination clinic from 2:30 to 7 p.m. today at its Crystal Lake office, 100 N. Virginia Road.
The McHenry County Department of Health reported 99 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the county as of Monday. The health department will provide the TdaP vaccine at a walk-in vaccination clinic from 2:30 to 7 p.m. today at its Crystal Lake office, 100 N. Virginia Road. The last significant outbreak of whooping cough in the county occurred in 2004 with 191 cases. Last year, there were nine cases in the county and in 2009, there were 51 cases. Patch.com has more information on the whooping cough outbreak in McHenry County in this Nov. 13 article.