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Whooping cough continues its comeback

December 07, 2010
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CHICAGO — Pertussis — or as it is most commonly called, whooping cough — used to represent a victory for public health officials, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
But the number of cases has soared again in several states, posing a new challenge: persuading teens and adults to have booster shots against the disease known as whooping cough, the article stated.
"We are seeing more cases than last year," said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) information officer Melaney Arnold.
"It''s kind of a trend that''s cyclical and we should see numbers drop next year as more parents and students receive boosters," Arnold added.
Two schools in Chicago''s North Shore area — Wilmette''s Highcrest Middle School and Winnetka''s Carleton Washburne School — reported outbreaks of pertussis earlier this month, the article noted.
According to the article, the Winnetka school district middle school was disinfected over the Thanksgiving break.
The IDPH recommends students receive a booster shot during their sixth grade physical, but it''s not just teens who should get it, according to experts.
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