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Whooping Cough Vaccine In Teens Benefits Other Kids

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Originally Published on: 10/25/2013

More teens are being vaccinated for Pertussis. And that appears to be lowering the number of infants being hospitalized for whooping cough. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital say hospital stays were down 30 percent in 2011. Whooping cough is a highly contagious and serious disease, especially for young children. Kids can catch it from people close to them who haven't been vaccinated. Whooping cough begins with cold-like symptoms and sometimes ends with a cough that resembles a whooping sound. Some 50,000 cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012. Eighteen people died. The study appears in the journal "Pediatrics."
   
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