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Whooping Cough Vaccine Confusion

Dr. Mark Piehl, medical director of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital, clarifies pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine confusion for WTVD’s Caitlin Knute. Last year, WakeMed treated 18 cases of pertussis, a potentially deadly disease for babies and very young children. The best protection against the disease is vaccination and booster shots every 10 years. Even with vaccination and regular booster shots, you can still contract the disease but it is much less likely.