Cases of whooping cough increase in Genesee County

Posted at 2:08 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 14:08:32-05

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Genesee County Health Department reported an increase in pertussis cases in 2018.

Pertussis -- popularly known as whooping cough -- is a vaccine-preventable disease that can be very serious and typically affects young children.

Detection time is usually 7-10 days but can take as long as three weeks, officials say. The disease is spread through sneezing and coughing.

The department is reminding residents of the importance of immunization and encourages families to check their status. You can get vaccinated through your personal physician or at the GCHD's Burton Branch Immunization Clinic at (810) 237-4540.

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