The Center for Disease Control reported Thursday that cases of whooping cough are the most in 50 years. Is there an increase in your community?
From WSJ: "Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far — more than twice the number seen at this point last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. At this pace, the number for the entire year will be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported...Whooping cough has generally been increasing for years, but this year's spike is startling. Health investigators are trying to figure out what's going on, and theories include better detection and reporting of cases, some sort of evolution in the bacteria that cause the illness, or shortcomings in the vaccine."
Check with local health care officials in your area - are they seeing an increase in the disease? Ask school officials - what are they seeing? Talk to parents - are they getting their children vaccinated?