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CDC Looks To California For Whooping Cough Vaccine Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking closely at California whooping cough cases. Researchers are checking to see if the vaccine against whooping cough, also called pertussis, is effective.

The CDC study began in 2007, but research efforts have intensified after pertussis cases continued to rise in California. The study also comes as other states like Texas and Ohio are seeing increases in the number of pertussis cases.

CDC spokesman Jeff Dimond said the study is routine, and the current vaccine is effective. He’s urging almost all adults and children to get the shots.


"And that means mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles, day care workers, television repair men," Dimond urged. "Anyone who is going to be handling or be working around a newborn infant should have the pertussis vaccination."

CDC officials say the current vaccine is 80-90 percent effective, although there have been recent media reports questioning that claim.

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