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Tue October 30, 2012
Whooping cough, flu vaccines needed this winter, officials say
LANSING, MI (AP)-- Health officials in Michigan are urging residents to get vaccinated against whooping cough and influenza to help protect themselves and infants.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S.
On Monday, the department and others joined in an effort to promote vaccinations.
In Michigan, there has been an increase in pertussis throughout the past decade, with a peak of more than 1,500 reported cases in 2010. This year in Michigan, there have been nearly 600 reported pertussis cases as of September 30. And Michigan already has seen 12 seasonal flu cases.
During the 2010-11 flu season, there were six influenza-associated Michigan pediatric deaths. Currently, flu activity nationwide is increasing.