(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- More than 800 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the state of California in the last two weeks.
According to the California Department of Public Health, the latest figures on the disease also know as pertussis indicate that there have been 3,458 cases reported this year, more than were reported in the entirety of 2013. The disease is most dangerous for infants too young for full immunization, as two-thirds of the hospitalizations related to the whooping cough outbreak were in children four months old or younger.
The CDPH urges pregnant women to receive the Tdap vaccination during the third trimester of their pregnancies and infants should be vaccinated as soon as possible after birth.
In children, pertussis often begins with a cough and runny nose for up to two weeks. The child then often suffers a more severe cough that can occur in spells. The disease can be fatal if untreated.
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