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Are you immunized against Whooping Cough?

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Southwest Georgia Health District Epidemiologist Jackie Jenkins Southwest Georgia Health District Epidemiologist Jackie Jenkins

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  With cases of Whooping Cough still circulating around the state, health officials are warning day care providers to make sure their immunized.

Health officials saw 19 cases of Whooping Cough in the Southwest Georgia Health District between early July and early August. While no news cases shave been reported here, health districts in Columbus and Valdosta have seen cases.

"We also have free booster shots called the T-DAP and that's free at any of your local health departments for the age group 10 to 64," said Southwest Georgia Health District Epidemiologist Jackie Jenkins.

Whooping cough starts out like an upper respiratory infection with sneezing, but develops into a persistent whooping type cough.

Health officials warn it can often be spread quickly through day care centers and schools which is why children should be immunized. If you haven't had a shot the health department is offering a booster free.

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