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Whooping Cough Vaccine

The whooping cough is coming back.

No, we're not talking about Arsenio Hall coming back to TV.

The CDC reports that pertussis, the childhood disease characterized by the unique sound produced by its cough, is hitting the highest numbers in over 50 years.

So far this year, we've seen over 18,000 cases, and sadly 9 deaths. The numbers used to be a quarter of that for a whole year, but numbers have been climbing since the 90s.

So why is whooping on the way up?

A movement against vaccinations has been gaining traction over the past few years, supposing a link to autism. But the majority of recent cases actually had been vaccinated.

Experts say the more pressing concern is children not getting their follow-up boosters. The CDC also recommends that adults who spend a lot of time around children also get booster shots.

First and foremost, stay vigilant. If your child develops a fever, rash, and nasty cough, make sure to do the research to find out if it is pertussis, and what you can do about it.

Keep safe, everyone!

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