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According to a new study, children older than 6 and even some teenagers could benefit from an extra round of whooping cough booster shots.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. will have the highest number of cases of whooping cough in more than five decades.
Because whooping cough (pertussis) is almost as contagious as measles (affecting ~12-17 individuals with each case), clinicians are required to report cases of this bacterial respiratory tract infection to the state's department of public health. In 2010, California had the highest number of cases of whooping cough in 60 years.
A new strain of whooping cough has been eluding vaccines and causing the number of whooping cough cases to rise sharply in Australia.