Whooping Cough: Leon County urging parents to vaccinate children

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It’s commonly known as whooping cough, though health-care professionals often refer to it as pertussis.

No matter what you call this contagious respiratory disease — newborns and infants are particularly susceptible — the Leon County Health Department is urging parents to make sure their children are up to date with immunizations.

One child-care center in Leon County has had six confirmed cases of whooping cough since September, according to a media release from the health department.

Babies need all five doses of the whooping cough vaccine on time, health department spokeswoman Page Jolly said.

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