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Measles is back in the headlines this summer, with several confirmed cases in Western Washington, Florida and California, as well as an outbreak in Brooklyn, NY, that is the largest outbreak in the U.S. since measles elimination was declared in 2000.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease, and is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable death among children across the globe – the majority of which are among children younger than 5 years old.
Washington State is currently experiencing epidemic levels of whooping cough, or pertussis. Whooping cough is a life-threatening disease for infants, so it is extremely important that everyone who “shares air” with a child under a year old be immunized for whooping cough.