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Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria, Bordatella pertussis, which commonly affects the young and infirm causing a mild to debilitating cough, rhinorrhea (running nose), fever and often persists for a few weeks. The disease was fatal prior to immunization and beliefs now are that the protective benefits of the vaccination wears off by adolescence, necessitating booster shots.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Green Bay Press-Gazette
About: Booster vaccination for whooping cough encouraged by doctors
Date: 23 September 2005
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
Author: Jean Peerenboom
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