The McHenry County Department of Health warned Monday that Thanksgiving family celebrations will offer lots of opportunity for whooping cough to spread to adults. So far it's been mostly limited to kids with cases reported in 29 schools so far. Eleven new cases were confirmed over the weekend bringing the number so far to 121.
So far there are no particular outbreaks in Kane County, according to the Kane County Health Department.
MCDH urged residents to take precautions to protect family members through prevention (mouth covering and lots of hand washing), vaccination and complying with physician treatment regime. That last is a five-day treatment that includes staying home from school even if the victim feels better.
MCDH has scheduled its fourth walk-in pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccination clinic for Thursday, December 1, from 11 am to 1 pm at McHenry County College in the Commons area. Dominick’s pharmacies and primary care physicians also offer the vaccine.