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Cases of Whooping Cough Rising In Texas

Already, two infants have died in Texas from it, and thousands of cases have been diagnosed.
COLORADO CITY -- We've been hearing a lot about Whooping Cough this year.

Already, two infants have died in Texas from it, and thousands of cases have been diagnosed.

One such case is Mindy Hale from Colorado City.

Her infant son, Brooks, started having a cough when he was just eight days old.

Just days later, he stopped breathing and the Hales rushed him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with Whooping Cough.

He was then flown to Lubbock, where he stopped breathing two more times in the hospital, because of the extreme coughing.

In fact, because of cases like this, pregnant mothers are now encouraged to get the Whooping Cough vaccine between 27 and 30 three weeks, so that immunity is passed from mother to child before they are born.

All adults are also encouraged to get a Whooping Cough vaccine booster if they will be around newborns and infants since its potency fades over time.

Doctors also encourage parents to vaccinate all children and make sure they get all five doses.
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