“It’s a very violent disease as far as the cough goes. The cough is persistent, it doesn’t go away. You cough so violently that you have difficulty breathing.”
Junior high and high school students will be required to receive a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis for next school year.
There were two confirmed cases this past week at a middle school in West County and doctors at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Students have until Oct. 1 to get vaccinated or be kept out of class.
The law being put into effect for the 2012-13 school year requires students to get the Tdap vaccine, a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
Education officials are reminding parents to update their children’s immunizations before they head back to school.
89 cases in St. Louis County in 2012.