Kentucky has increased numbers of Whooping Cough

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

LONDON, ky - An uncommon disease hit the state in a big way.

More than 380 cases of Whooping Cough have been reported in Kentucky.

The CDC said reported cases of the disease have also increased nationwide.

Doctors think the vaccinations could have lost their effectiveness through the years.

“What we're seeing is it is becoming more prevalent in the adult population, and that population tends to not go to the doctor that often,” said Rinda Vanderhoof of the Laurel County Health Department.

The laurel county health department will begin a vaccination campaign within the next month.

Physicians are also urging people to make sure they have had the proper vaccinations.

The vaccine can be given to children at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, and are available for adults as well.

A new mother in the area was concerned about her 6 week old baby.

“It makes me want to make sure that I take her and keep her home. We'll be avoiding the chicken festival and things like that. I don't want to have her out in a big crowd,” said Kendra Smiddy.


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