Some 3 million public and private school students in California must prove they have had a booster vaccination against whooping cough to attend grades 7 through 12 this fall.
Riverside County public health officials are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated against whooping cough over the summer break.
The nearly 50 percent drop in whooping cough, or pertussis, cases comes after two infants died in the record 1,144 cases of people reporting symptoms in 2010.
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.
California health officials want parents of teens to get up to date on their whooping cough vaccine to get into compliance with a new law for 2011.
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.
Twice as many cases of whooping cough have been diagnosed this year in California as compared to the last peak year in 2005.
With more than 6,200 cases of whooping cough reported in California, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Wednesday recommended that those 65 or older who are around infants get vaccinated.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gave the advice Wednesday because of an outbreak of whooping cough this year in California, where more than 6,200 cases have been reported.
The California Department of Public Health says more than 6,200 Californians have been infected with whooping cough in the largest epidemic to strike the state since 1950.
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.
A Northridge pediatrician says parents and caretakers should get immunized from the latest epidemic of whooping cough in order to protect infants who are too young to get vaccinated.
Health officials say whooping cough caused the death of a 6-week-old baby in San Diego County last week, bringing to ten the number of babies who have died in California during this year’s epidemic.
More than 5,270 cases of whooping cough have been reported in California’s growing epidemic, which has killed nine babies this year.
State health officials say California’s whooping cough epidemic is on track to break a 55-year record, with 4,017 infections and nine deaths statewide this year.