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How serious are the consequences of whooping cough outbreaks?

One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the increase in whooping cough (pertussis) cases or outbreaks reported in 2012. More than 48,000 cases of pertussis were reported across the United States during 2012, and 16 babies died. Many of these babies were too young to be fully protected from whooping cough. This was the most reported number of cases since 1955.

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