Whooping Cough

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Thu April 25, 2013

10:10am

Wed December 19, 2012
Health

Whooping Cough Cases in Colorado Now at 64-Year High

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado is experiencing its worst season for whooping cough in more than six decades.  Statewide 1,407 cases have been reported as of Dec. 8 - a number not seen since 1948.

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11:06am

Mon October 22, 2012
Health

Whooping Cough Cases Top 1,000 in Colorado

Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment

State health officials are concerned about a growing pertussis epidemic in Colorado. To date, 1,026 cases of pertussis (commonly referred to as whooping cough) have been confirmed statewide.

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9:23am

Thu September 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:24 am

Nurse Fatima Guillen (left) gives 4-year-old Kimberly Magdeleno a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

To protect children against whooping cough, doctors recommend five shots of vaccine before they turn 7.

But what happens after that? How long does the protection last?

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2:34am

Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors Deploy Shots And Drugs Against Whooping Cough Outbreak

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 5:45 pm

A nurse in Washington administers the whooping cough vaccine to a child in May. In response to the epidemic, more than 82,000 adults have also received the vaccine this year.
Ted S. Warren AP

A couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail from my son's middle school alerting families that several students had been diagnosed with whooping cough, also called pertussis. I didn't pay too much attention; my son has been vaccinated and he got a booster shot a couple of years ago so I hoped he would be protected.

Then I started to cough.

A visit to my doctor and a pertussis test confirmed that I am one of the 338 people infected with it in Oregon this year. That's three times higher than last year.

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