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Whooping cough

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Whooping cough is a nasty infection that affects both children and adults.  You get a shot as a baby and around sixth grade, you need another one to go to school. 

A lot of parents end up at the doctors office that first day of class.

Whooping cough pertasis is that cough that doesn't quit, usually lasting two to three months in adults.

Its especially dangerous for children, and even deadly for babies.

That's why health officials are stressing the importance of everyone getting vaccinated, especially adults in contact with babies.

"Most cases of whooping cough in a baby are traced back to mother , father, grand parent giving it to the baby," says Benton County Health Departments Heather Hill.  "You got to get in and get the shots, you got to have plan ahead or your kids are not going get into school."

Hill says make an appointment now and don't wait until school time because your kids will not be allowed back in class with out the shot.

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