Officials offer advice ahead of worst year for whooping cough in 50 years

The AP eports, “With nearly 18,000 cases” of whooping cough “so far this year, health officials say this is shaping up to be the worst national epidemic in more than 50 years for the highly contagious disease.” The article offers advice to the public, including: “make sure your child is up-to-date on vaccination against whooping cough, or pertussis.” The CDC also “advises parents to see a doctor if they or their children develop prolonged or severe coughing fits, vomiting and exhaustion.” 

The Los Angeles Times reports more advice, including: “a booster is recommended at about age 11,” and “it’s recommended that any adult who is around an infant get a pertussis vaccine.” It concludes, should “there be a run on the whooping cough vaccine,” the CDC says that, “the supply … is fine.”

The AP reports that Sen. Charles Schumer “urged the federal government to work with health officials in every state to make sure adults get vaccinated” against whooping cough “for free if they haven’t been since age 18.”

Nearly 1,300 cases “have been reported in New York state” so far in 2012.

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