Whooping cough cases confirmed at Sunshine Coast school

Several cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at St Andrew’s Anglican College at Peregian Springs on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Health is urging people showing the symptoms of fatigue, sneezing and coughing to see their GP.

Public health physician Catherine Quagliotto says the best way to prevent getting whooping cough is to get vaccinated.

“Most parents still do opt to vaccinate there children, which is excellent, but we are always looking for ways to increase immunisation to maximise to amount of immunity within the community,” she said.

“Whooping cough is always in the community and previous to the last few years every three or four years there would be an epidemic where we’d get increased numbers and that was the usual pattern.

“We’ve had sustained increase over the last few years but those numbers are coming back down.”

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