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Whooping Cough a Growing Concern in Oklahoma
03/28/2011
 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Citing a rise in the number of cases of

whooping cough in Oklahoma, the state now is requiring students

entering the seventh grade to receive a vaccine for the disease.

The vaccine typically has been given to 11- and 12-year-olds. It

is known as "tdap" for tetanus, diphtheria and acelluar

pertussis, another name for whooping cough.

State Department of Health officials tell the Tulsa World they

hope to prevent large whooping cough outbreaks like those seen in

other states, including Texas and California.

In 2009, 100 cases of whooping cough were reported in Oklahoma.

Last year, that number rose to 170.

The new state requirement is for a one-dose booster shot of the

vaccine.

© Associated Press
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