Whooping Cough On The Rise In South Florida

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) –  Students in Broward and Miami-Dade public schools are required to do it. Doctors warn against skipping it.

Despite those facts, fewer South Floridians are getting vaccinations for whooping cough, and CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports cases in 2012 have skyrocketed.

For Jan. 1 – July 9:

Miami-Dade County: 26 confirmed, 10 probable (2011: 32 confirmed)

Broward County: 26 confirmed, 2 probable (2011: 1 confirmed)

Source: Aaron Keller, Public Information Specialist for Fla. Dept. of Health

Note that Miami-Dade’s 26 confirmed cases don’t include cases to be reported during the remainder of 2012.

“More and more people are choosing not to vaccinate their children,” said Dr. Peter Antevy, pediatric emergency physician at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. “That leaves their families really exposed.”

Also known also as pertussis, whooping cough is a contagious respiratory disease that spreads when those with the infection cough…

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