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CDPH: Whooping Cough Reaches Epidepmic Proportions

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From Christine O'Donnell:

In the past two weeks more than 800 new cases of whooping cough have been reported in California, according to the California Department of Public Health. Doctors say it is crucial to get your children vaccinated.

Natalie Goldfinger tells us her five-month-old dauther received her first round of shots at two months old.

"I think it's important," Goldfinger says.

La Peer Pediatrics Doctor Lauren Crosby shows FOX11 the Tdap vaccine for whooping cough. She says it's important for babies to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

"Whooping coughs as of today had been called an epidemic in California. There have been two infant deaths," Crosby said.

As of June10th, there have been 3,458 cases of pertussis or whooping cough reported to the CDPH, that's more than the total number of cases in all of 2013.

Doctor Crosby explains what happens when you catch the highly contagious respiratory disease.

"What it will be is cough cough cough cough until you're totally out of breath and then and then you woooooo and that's your whoop," Dr. Crosby said. "They turn blue, they can have loss of oxygen to the brain and become very sick so it's deadly for infants," Crosby said.

She tells us the disease has cycles and peaks every five years. The last epidemic was in 2010. So far, she says this one is worse.

"Don't be afraid of vaccines. They're life saving. Millions of lives saved by vaccines. It's priceless and we need to keep going with it," Crosby said.

She says it's important for pregnant moms to get the vaccine in third trimester. And, for all people around baby.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State health officials say the number of whooping cough cases in California is now of epidemic proportions.

The California Department of Public Health said in a statement released Friday that more than 800 cases of pertussis have been reported over the past two weeks.

As of June 10, there have been 3,458 cases of whooping cough - more than in all of 2013.

The infection is cyclical and peaks every three to five years. In 2010, a whooping cough epidemic killed 10 infants in the state.

Infants are most susceptible to the disease so parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children as soon as possible. This year two infant deaths have been reported.

Whooping cough begins with cold-like symptoms and can progress to severe coughing fits.

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