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Whooping cough cases reach epidemic levels in much of state



PERTUSSIS INCIDENTS BY COUNTY: Onsets from Dec. 2011 through Feb. 2012, source, Washington State Dept. of Health.

All teens and adults need a whooping cough booster.

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced that whooping cough disease has reached epidemic levels in Washington. So far in 2012, 640 cases have been reported in 23 counties as of March 31. This compares to 94 cases during this same time period last year, putting Washington on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades.

“We’re very concerned about the continued rapid increase in reported cases,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “This disease can be very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members. We want all teens and adults who haven’t had Tdap to be vacc...

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