Whooping Cough Spreading at Rapid Rate in Washington
Anti-vaccine movement in northwest has caused worst whopping cough spread in decades. Video by fox47news.comvideo
Washington State needs to get its act together to stop the rapid spread of whooping cough.
That's the message from New York Senator Charles Schumer, who says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reacting too slowly, and putting healthy people at risk.
"I am urging the CDC to put in place a 3-part plan that makes free vaccines more readily available at hospitals, doctors offices, and community health clinics, that targets adults who haven't been vaccinated in years, and ensures that we have an ample supply of the vaccine and distribution plan in place," said Schumer.
Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is highly contagious, and especially dangerous for young children.
Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported. That's twice what we had at this time last year, which puts us on track to have the worst spread since 1959.