State Recommending Young Parents Get Vaccinated for Whooping Cough

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Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 9:14am

The Texas Department of State Health is recommending that parents with young children get the Whooping cough vaccine commonly known as TDAP.

There have already been more than 1,500 cases of whooping cough reported in the state and 44 cases have been reported in the Valley. Whooping cough is a growing disease and doctors say it can be deadly for infants. Texas State Health Department Dr. Brian Smith stated, "So that especially young parents, young mothers and young fathers, those who are around infants who are under the age of two months, those are the ones that really need to be immunized."

Most individuals get the vaccine around the age of four, but new studies are showing that this vaccine can wear off after just three to five years.

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