Maine Sees A Surge In Number Of Cases Of Whooping Cough
Maine had a surge of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in January, according to a Center for Disease Control surveillance report. Fifty-five cases were reported, which is more than double the five year median of 24.
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine health officials continue to combat the state's high rate of whooping cough with the new vaccine mandate.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring incoming seventh-grade public school students to receive a second dose of Tdap, a vaccine that protects against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria. Maine has one of the highest rates of pertussis - a contagious respiratory disease - in the country.