There have been more than 2,400 confirmed cases of whooping cough in Minnesota this year — and 26,000 cases nationwide.
With the final few days of summer break winding down, the children will be among the 38,000 students returning to Anoka-Hennepin schools next week. But it’s a district where Pertussis booster, Tdap vaccine, will be as vital as backpacks.
The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may reflect a problem with the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Minnesota health officials are warning parents to keep an eye out for whooping cough.
A school district near Duluth, Minn. decided to close for the day because of an outbreak of illness.
A Minnesota mother is pushing all parents to vaccinate their kids after a case of whooping cough put her baby in intensive care for nearly a month.
By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.
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