Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)
Health officials in Ohio are urging all residents to make sure they are up-to-date on the whooping cough vaccination. The warning comes at a time when the number of cases has risen more than 20 percent in the state. As of Nov. 2, there have been 901 reported cases of whooping cough in Ohio this year, up from 742 in the same period last year. The highest concentrations are in counties around Columbus. “If your family is going to be welcoming a new baby or if you are a caregiver to young children, it is especially important to get a pertussis booster shot,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health.