July 23rd, 2012

Potential Whooping Cough Epidemic

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The number of cases rising at an epidemic rate. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato's Jessica Sheehy says the original vaccine had more side effects, but the new vaccine isn't as strong. Sheehy says, "so the immunity people are getting from the vaccine isn't lasting into adulthood so the adults are really be carriers of this disease."

 

KEYC Mankato

Tags: epidemic, Infectious Diseases, Jessica Sheehy, KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System, vaccine, whooping cough

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