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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Outbreak –

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Did you know that we are currently in the midst of a terrible pertussis (also known as whooping cough) epidemic. In California, more than 2,700 cases have been reported so far this year  — eight times last year’s number at this time. This year is on pace to be the worst breakout since 1958!

  • There is a very effective vaccination for whooping cough and most of us received it when we were kids. But the vaccine wears off after a few years.
  • Adults and adolescents often get pertussis without realizing it.
  • Pertussis can occur at any age; however infants and young children, particularly those who are not immunized, are at the highest risk for severe disease and potentially life-threatening complications.
  • Pertussis is spread through the air by infectious droplets and is highly contagious.

Please be sure your children are vaccinated and please ask your doctor about a booster for yourself.

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