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Whooping Cough on the Rise in Alabama

Aug 28, 2017

Pertussis, or "whooping cough" is on the rise across the country, and the state of Alabama has seen over 150 cases so far this year.

The highly contagious disease is preventable with vaccines. However, children and infants who have not received vaccinations for the disease are at high risk of infection.

Dr. Karen Landers is a medical consultant for Alabama's immunization program. She says whooping cough has been around for many years and is caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis.

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Alabama health officials say most students entering the sixth grade this year will have to get a vaccination to protect them against whooping cough.

   The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/15eh31S ) the state health department says the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine will be required for students entering the sixth grade who are 11 and older.

   Pertussis, a bacterial disease also known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and can be fatal.