Federal health officials say more than 21,000 people got whooping cough last year, many of them children and teens. That’s the highest number since 2005 and among the worst years in more than 50 years.
With the holidays right around the corner, health officials are urging those who have not already done so to get vaccinated against the whooping cough.
California is experiencing an epidemic with whooping cough.
Health officials are urging seniors to get a whooping cough vaccine because of California’s pertussis outbreak, but some elderly patients say doctors won’t inoculate them because the vaccine is only licensed for people up to age 64.
Health officials say vaccination rates for toddlers remain high, but they are concerned about an overall drop in measles vaccinations.