Whooping cough cases on the rise

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The number of children being infected with whooping cough is on the rise. Symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose can mimic allergies and the common cold making whooping cough harder to diagnose.

Many people aren’t getting vaccinated, leading to a greater risk of your child catching whooping cough at places like summer camp. But in some cases a vaccination isn’t enough. While the vaccine will typically prevent someone from getting the illness, it doesn’t keep them from getting the infection in their nose and transmitting it to others.

The health department now recommends that all pregnant women get the vaccination with every pregnancy. Infants are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying from whooping cough.

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