Nov 14, 2013 1:08 AM by Kirsten Boyd

Recent spike in whooping cough cases in Colorado

Colorado health leaders are recommending the Tdap vaccination after a spike in reported cases of whooping cough.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports more than 100 new cases in the second half of October.In the first 10 months of 2013, 1,116 cases of pertussis were reported. Colorado has seen epidemic levels of pertussis over the past two years.

Last year was the worst year for whooping cough in Colorado with 1,494 reported caes.

Whooping cough is also called pertussis and is highly contagious. It typically isn't life-threatening for teens and healthy adults, but it can kill infants and people with weak immune systems.


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