California facing whooping cough epidemic

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
There have been over 3,400 reported cases and two deaths from the disease in California in 2014 and those numbers are expected to nearly triple by the end of the year.

Infants under six months are most at risk for hospitalization or death from whooping cough, so doctors are urging parents to vaccinate their babies as soon as possible.

CALIFORNIA (NBC) - California health officials say the state is facing an epidemic of whooping cough.

There have been over 3,400 reported cases and two deaths from the disease in California in 2014 and those numbers are expected to nearly triple by the end of the year.

Infants under six months are most at risk for hospitalization or death from whooping cough, so doctors are urging parents to vaccinate their babies as soon as possible.

Pregnant women should also be vaccinated during the third trimester to transfer immunity to their unborn children.

Symptoms of whooping cough include a brief period of runny nose and cough, which then turns more severe.


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