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Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise, Free Vaccinations Offered

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  The number of people catching whooping cough continues to rise in eastern Washington and Idaho and a local group is offering free vaccines.
    
 Local healthcare providers are stepping up to help stop what is now considered an epidemic. We went to Riverfront Medical Center Saturday where they were giving out free shots for Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough. The health district reports there have been 49 cases of Whooping Cough confirmed in Spokane, and the 36 cases in the five northern counties of Idaho.
 
Those numbers mean the disease is now an epidemic.  To be considered an epidemic, there must be three times the normal amount of cases, which in Spokane is usually only 13. Most of the cases reported are children.
    
If you missed out on getting a free vaccine Saturday, there are other opportunities for free shots starting October 3rd:

Sunset Elementary School Health Center
12824 W. 12th Ave. (Building C) Airway Heights, Wa 99001
5P.M.- 7 P.M.

Providence Medical Group Urgent Care South Division
421 S. Division St. Spokane, WA 99202
9A.M.- Noon

Providence Medical Group Urgent Care- Hawthorne
551 E. Hawthorne Rd. Spokane, WA 99218
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