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State Urges Pregnant Women to Vaccinate Against Whooping Cough


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Medical students prepare a whooping cough vaccination.
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Medical students prepare a whooping cough vaccination.

Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are escalating across California and hitting Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties the hardest. Over 4,500 Californians have been infected so far this year, including three infants who have died, prompting state officials to advise pregnant women to get vaccinated. We'll discuss the epidemic and get advice from health professionals.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Kathleen Harriman, chief of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiology Section with the California Department of Public Health
  • Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

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