VA whooping cough cases jump to highest number in 53 years

Health-NewsThe number of reported whooping cough cases in Virginia rose by almost 45% last year to 578 —  the largest number reported statewide since 1959. State health officials say one of the main reasons may be a small decline in the pertussis vaccine’s effectiveness, but they say vaccinations remain the best way by far to protect young children from whooping cough. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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The Virginia Department of Health says 399 pertussis cases were reported statewide in 2011 and 578 cases in 2012, an increase of almost 45%.

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