MISD Letter to Parents, August 2019

    Center for Disease Control (CDC) Information About Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

    Fast Facts About Pertussis (CDC)

    Things Parents Need to Know About Pertussis (CDC)

    Frequently Asked Questions About Pertussis (CDC)

        What is Midland ISD doing to help with prevention?

    • MISD is notifying parents of students and staff members who may have been exposed           
    • MISD is reminding parents of the need to immunize students to make sure they are healthy and safe
    • Campus nurses track immunization status for students
    • Good cough and cold hygiene techniques are taught to students, along with good hand hygiene
    • Parents instructed to keep students home when students are sick, and to contact health care providers with any symptoms of pertussis
    • Hard surfaces cleaned regularly with disinfectant
    • MISD Health Services communicates regularly with the City of Midland Health Department on issues that affect our students and families

    Immunization Requirements for Students

    Students who are diagnosed with pertussis will be excluded from school until they have been on antibiotics for a minimum of 5 days, and they must complete all antibiotic doses.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email Midland ISD's Director of Health Services, Imo Jean Douglas, BSN, RN, CPN, NCSN, at imojeandouglas@midlandisd.net, or contact your campus nurse.

    Q:  What if my student has an exemption on file?

    A:   Students who are not fully immunized are at increased risk for pertussis. Immunization is the best way to prevent pertussis and other vaccine preventable illnesses. Please contact your health care provider to get information on how to best protect your student.

     Whooping Cough Infographic