But as they have pointed out in the past, pertussis is not something to take lightly. It's one of those diseases that had become rare until parents concerned about vaccines stopped having children vaccinated against it.
Now under-vaccinated students are required to stay out of school for three full weeks, and that includes students who came in contact with the children with confirmed cases. 27 were excluded at first, down to 18 as of September 25th.
School district nurse Belinda Brown visits The Exchange, along with Jackson County Public Health Clinic Manager Stacey Gregg.