Pertussis outbreak at Salinas school among fully vaccinated

In less than one month, four students at Monterey Park School have been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough.

Principal Brian Hayes and school officials met with parents to offer information and answer questions.

“There really hasn’t been a feeling of fear. It’s been more of ‘what can we do to stop this?'” he said.

“This is serious for parents that have younger children. This is a huge concern,” said one parent who wished to remain anonymous.

The first case was diagnosed on Feb. 25. Three more students from the same fifth grade class also came down with the disease.

“If there are students who are sick, we’re taking temperatures, we’re notifying parents. If they need to go to a physician, we’re doing that,” Director of Pupil Personnel Services Beatriz Chaidez said.

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