Colo. whooping cough vaccinations urged

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date following an outbreak of whooping cough.

The state health department says 100 cases of whooping cough were reported in the last two weeks of October. Some 1,116 cases have been reported this year.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, typically isn’t life-threatening for teens and healthy adults, but it can kill infants and people with weak immune systems. It’s a highly contagious bacterial infection that spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It often starts with cold-like symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. The cough becomes more severe and becomes a high-pitched whoop.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy of the state health department tells The Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/mrtk9cd ) that children and adults should get vaccinated — especially those who take care of infants. Infants are too young to get the vaccine

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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