LOS ANGELES (CBS) — California is experiencing an epidemic with whooping cough.

Ironically, doctors report that more parents seem to be wary of giving their children the vaccine to ward off the disease.

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It is this disconnect that Dr. Jayvee Regala discussed Monday as an in-studio guest on the KCAL 9 News at Noon.

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Dr. Regala, the Director of Pediatrics and Pediatric Trauma with Northridge Hospital Medical Center, is part of a 17-member panel of doctors urging parents to get their kids vaccinated. He said, and warned, that by the time a child comes down with the disease, it might be too late.

Whooping cough (AKA Pertussis) can be deadly. And Dr. Regala fears the death toll could rise…

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