We just learned this afternoon that we have one 8th grade student at Hixson Middle School with a confirmed case of Pertussis (whooping cough). The student did receive an immunization for Pertussis this past July. As required, this was reported to the health department. Pertussis is highly contagious and is spread through the air by coughing. If your child comes down with a cold that includes a cough, keep them home and talk to your child’s doctor without delay. Tell them that there has been a confirmed case of pertussis in your child’s school in the past month. For more information about pertussis please visit the website at www.stlouisco.com.