Whooping Cough Cases Top 3000 in Washington State
If you haven't got your T-Dap shot yet, the State Health Department is urging you to go and get that done. The number of whooping cough cases in Washington this year has topped three thousand. This time last year, there were only about 200 cases. The State Health Department says the disease, also known as Pertusis, has been reported in nearly every county in the state. Skagit County has the highest number of cases.
Whooping cough is most common in children and most dangerous for infants. Vaccination are the best way to prevent the spread of the disease. Health Secretary Mary Selecky declared the epidemic in April, and since then the vaccine has been made available for people who don't have insurance. Nationwide this is the worst year for whooping cough in more than 50 years. A total of 18,000 cases have been reported nationwide.