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Vaccination prevents whooping cough deaths

Whooping cough can be spread by bacteria from mouth, nose and throat of infected people - undiagnosed mild sufferers of the disease also spread the disease. It starts with symptoms of a common cold and then persistent coughing develops, interspaced by a “whooping” or gasp for air. Severe coughing can cause vomiting or breathing may stop. Pneumonia is the most common complication. The disease is very contagious and complications can be serious or deadly. 5-10,000 people died from whooping cough each year until vaccination was introduced.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Moberly Monitor-Index

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About: Vaccination prevents whooping cough deaths

Date: 16 June 2004

Source: Moberly Monitor-Index

Author: Barbara Dunaway


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