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Record Pertussis Cases

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting the highest number of pertussis cases in Illinois since 1950.  Pertussis is also known as whooping cough.  Preliminary numbers show 2,026 cases in 2012.  During National Infant Immunization Week April 20th through the 27th, parents are being urged to make sure their children have received the pertussis vaccination and the other 13 recommended vaccinations, before the age of two.  For a printable schedule of recommended vaccines and at what age children should receive them, log onto the Illinois Department of Public Health website.  You can also create an instant, customized vaccination schedule by entering your child’s birth date.  If you are unable to pay for childhood immunizations, you may be eligible for the Vaccines for Children program.  To find out more, visit the Centers for Disease Control website or ask your child’s health care professional.

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