The Vail School District and Pima County Health Department will host a parent meeting to discuss recent whooping cough outbreaks in the district and county.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the library at Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, according to a school district news release.

There have been more than two dozen cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, in the district. Two outbreaks have been declared, each with three or more cases occurring in a 21-day period. They were at Empire High and at Sycamore Elementary School.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about pertussis and its prevalence in the community, as well as preventive measures to minimize chances of getting sick.

Dr. Francisco Garcia, the Health Department’s director and chief medical officer, will answer questions at the meeting, which will be moderated by Vail Assistant Superintendent John Carruth.

Jamar Younger