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Pertussis vaccinations urged for Coventry students

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 11:30 am •  Published: January 18, 2013
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COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health has confirmed four cases of whooping cough in Coventry students and is recommending vaccinations for both children and adults in town.

Three pertussis cases have been confirmed in students at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School. One case has been confirmed in a student at Tiogue Elementary School.

Health Department director Dr. Michael Fine said Friday any child who isn't up to date on the pertussis vaccination should be vaccinated. Adults are also being encouraged to get the vaccine.

A community vaccination clinic is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coventry High School.

Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection of the lungs. It's highly contagious but preventable with a vaccine.