ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis area continues to see an increase in pertussis, or “whooping cough” cases.

There were two confirmed cases this past week at a middle school in West County and doctors at Missouri Baptist Medical Center say they’re seeing an increase in cases coming in to the ER.

Pediatrician Dr. Kathy Ross is director of hospitalist medicine at Missouri Baptist and has some advice for parents.

“Get your child immunized early and then, if you have preteens and haven’t got them boosted, get them boosted,” Ross said. “If you, as an adult, are about to have a baby or have just had a baby, you definitely need to make sure your vaccinations are up to date.”

That’s because little children are hit the hardest by pertussis.

Missouri is one of 18 states that’s showing unusually high amounts of whooping cough this year, 212 cases so far in St. Louis County, 39 in St. Louis City, 45 in St. Charles and 669 total in Missouri.

That’s compared to 252 at this time last year.


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