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Whooping Cough still at epidemic levels

(Whooping Cough still a problem)….The State Health Officer says the state is still experience epidemic proportions.

Doctor Ron Chapman says in the past two weeks, 1,100 new cases of whooping cough have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. Chapman says this brings the number of cases to 4,558. He says this far surpasses the total number of reported cases in 2013, which was imperative. Doctor Chapman says one additional child has died, bringing the total number of deaths to 3. The Health Officer says it is imperative to get the tdap vaccination. He says for pregnant women this is the best way to protect their infants from the disease. Chapman says small babies and children are most susceptible to the consequences of whooping cough.