Breaking News Bar
updated: 9/29/2012 4:08 PM

Lake County whooping cough cases surpass last year

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- Health officials say the number of whooping cough cases in Lake County has already surpassed last year's total.

The Lake County Health Department reported Friday that there have been 178 whooping cough cases so far this year. Last year, there were 175 cases.

The Health Department is urging adolescents and adults to receive a booster shot for additional protection against this illness, which is also called pertussis.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and can last for several months.

Symptoms include a long-lasting, severe cough that's usually worse at night. Officials say people who have such symptoms should see a doctor, because over-the-counter medicines don't work.

Illinois now requires children entering sixth and ninth grades to show proof of having a Tdap (TEE'-dap) booster in order to attend school.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.