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Health Department Suggests Getting Vaccinations Before School Starts

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Citing recent disease outbreaks, the Washington State Department of Health is strongly advising parents to get their children vaccinated before school starts.

In the last four months, there have been outbreaks of three vaccine-preventable diseases in Washington. The diseases were measles, chicken pox, and whooping cough.

The whooping cough booster shot, T-dap, is recommended for people age 11 to 64. The disease is generally less severe in teenagers and adults. However, they can act as reservoirs for whooping cough, infecting babies and children who are more vulnerable to infection.

If a child is not vaccinated, he or she can be held out of school or child care if an outbreak occurs.

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