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Whooping cough case confirmed at Tates Creek High School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has confirmed its first case of whooping cough of 2019.

The confirmed case was found in someone who was affiliated with Tates Creek High School. Parents were notified of the case.

Students at the school with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems are recommended to receive preventative antibiotics.

The contagious disease initially resembles a cold, but it can become more serious over time. The best way to prevent whooping cough is vaccination.

The vaccine's immunity tends to decrease over time, which is why a booster is recommended for older children and adults.

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