3-week old from NC dies from whooping cough

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State officials are reporting that North Carolina’s first death from whooping cough in 2013 is a 3-week-old from Transylvania County.

State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings told WSOC-TV that infants cannot begin vaccination against whooping cough until they are two months old.

Cummings said even young children are not fully protected until they have finished a series of vaccinations. She said everybody who is around a baby should be vaccinated.

Whooping cough – pertussis – is a highly contagious illness that is spread from person-to-person usually by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others.

Authorities have not released any other details about the incident involving the 3-week-old.

Source: WSOC-TV