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CCH's Holly Hink, APRN, talks about Pertussis

CCH's Holly Hink, APRN, talks about Pertussis

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease, and there have been five reported cases of it in Campbell County recently. In this video, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Holly Hink at the Kid Clinic answers some questions about pertussis—what it is, what symptoms look like, and how it’s prevented.

For those who don’t know, pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe. After cough fits, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths, which result in a “whooping” sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.

More information about pertussis, or whooping cough, can be found at the links below:

Holly Hink, APRN, CPNP, works at the Campbell County Medical Group Kid Clinic, a school-based pediatric clinic offering medical care for Campbell County, Wyoming. The clinic serves children ages 2 weeks to 18 years old; and counseling services for children 4 years old to 21 years old. It is located at 800 Butler Spaeth Rd., across from St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Gillette, Wyoming. The Kid Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 am-5 pm. For more information, call 307-688-8700 or visit www.cchwyo.org/kidclinic.

The Kid Clinic is a collaborative effort between Campbell County Health and Campbell County School District.