Waukesha County and the State of Wisconsin experienced a large outbreak of pertussis in 2012. There were 477 cases in 2012 and 80 cases in 2013 of pertussis in Waukesha County, as compared to an average of 27 cases in a non-outbreak year.
How can pertussis be prevented?
Vaccines to prevent pertussis are available for infants, children, adolescents and adults. The vaccine for adolescents and adults is 70% effective according to the CDC and remains the best way to prevent the disease. It is effective in preventing severe illness and hospitalizations. Click here for an article on pertussis (whooping cough) prevention for adults.
How is pertussis controlled in schools?
Students and staff who are diagnosed with pertussis are isolated and do not attend school until no longer infectious (after 5 days of appropriate antibiotic). Notifications are sent to parents to increase awareness of symptoms and promote early diagnosis. Closing schools is not necessary and is not the standard approach for the control of pertussis.
A communicable disease is an illness that can be transmitted from person to person, animal to person, or inanimate object to person. Examples of communicable diseases include: tuberculosis, E. coli O157:H7, hepatitis A, measles, and AIDS.
Reporting of communicable diseases is required by Wisconsin State Statute 252.05 and Wisconsin Administrative Code DHS 145. Individuals required to report communicable diseases include physicians, nurses, laboratory personnel, school and daycare personnel, and any others with knowledge of disease.
Communicable Disease Follow-up
Waukesha County Public Health Division is the agency designated by state law to receive reports of communicable disease in Waukesha County residents. Upon receipt of a communicable disease report, an investigation is conducted to determine the source of infection and to prevent further disease spread in the community.
How are communicable diseases reported?
Communicable disease reports can be received electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), or can be phoned, faxed or mailed to the Waukesha County Public Health Division.
Additional Information and Fact Sheets
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Tuesdays (10:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
Walk-in Clinic Nurse Services are available:
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WIC Walk-in Benefit Pick up is available:
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Tuesdays (3 – 6:30 PM)
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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.
The Public Health Division will be closed to the public for 2019 holiday observances on the following dates: