Adults may need whooping cough vaccination

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 9:40 AM

PHOENIX -- The next time you visit your doctor for a routine checkup, don't be surprised if you're asked about getting vaccinated for whooping cough.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that in rare cases can be fatal. It leads to severe coughing that causes children to make a distinctive sound as they gasp for breath.

Most of us get a series of vaccines for it when we're kids, but protection wears off over time and now a federal advisory panel is recommending young adults, women who are pregnant and all Americans over the age of 65 get vaccinated against it.

Dr. Art Mollen shares more information on whooping cough.

 

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