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Vaccination helps prevent whooping cough, doctor says

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Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2010 11:05 pm

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, has killed five infants across California since the beginning of the year. The alarming rates have caused state health officials to claim the worst outbreak of the disease in 50 years.

It is a highly contagious, infectous disease that can be deadly for infants younger than 6 months and for people with weakened immune systems.

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