Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is making a comeback.

KMOX Health Editor Fred Bodimer reports, one of the reasons is because many adults fail to get the recommended booster shot. There have been 202 cases in Missouri so far this year, compared to 99 reported cases at this time last year.

According to St. Louis University Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller at Cardinal Glennon Chrildren’s Medical Center, adults help spread the disease, which hits kids the hardest, because many of us fail to get the recommended Tdap booster shot.

“It’s a really good idea for adults who have young kids to get a tetanus booster and make sure it has the pertussis component,” Haller said.

St. Louis County has had 89 whooping cough cases so far in 2012. St. Louis City and St. Charles County have had ten each, and Jefferson County had seven.

The state of Washington has declared an epidemic with nearly fifteen hundred cases already this year.


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