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Unimmunized adults, teens a key factor in spread of whooping cough, officials say
Los Angeles Times

Who is to blame for the spread in California of whooping cough, which has killed nine infants this year?

Unimmunized adults and teenagers are one major factor, health officials say.

“We don’t think it is the coverage level in babies and toddlers that is the problem,” but the lack of vaccination in adults and teens, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told reporters.