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Do you know what pertussis sounds like?

01/21/2014 3:15 PM

01/21/2014 3:16 PM

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is making a comeback in California after cases dipped for a couple of years since the 2010 epidemic.

Some of the reasons have to do with fewer parents opting to have their children undergo public school vaccinations, and the cyclical nature of the disease. Also, researchers have found that the newer pertussis vaccinations don’t keep kids immune for as long as the previous vaccine did. That vaccine was discontinued for safety reasons.

Read up on pertussis here in our recent report.

To hear what pertussis sounds like in babies, the group most vulnerable to fatalities from whooping cough, go here.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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