Whooping Cough on the Rise in Sonoma County

Apr 23, 2014

Students at Parkside Elementary School in Sebastopol.
Credit courtesy Sebastopol Union Elementary.

With outbreaks of whooping cough reported in 6 Sonoma County Schools, parents and public health officials are on edge. In the last 15 years vaccination rates have decreased sharply over concerns about possible side effect. On today's North Bay Report, we speak with public health and school officials about the resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.  

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services has issued pertussis health advisories this year, following confirmed outbreaks. Infants too young for vaccination are at greatest risk of dying from whooping cough. Public health officials are concentrating on encouraging pregnant women and all who come in contact with infants to be up-to-date on vaccinations. For more information visit the Department of Health Services website.