Health Officials Urge Pertussis Vaccination

Local public health officials are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated
for pertussis after a local infant who tested positive for the disease was
hospitalized in an intensive care unit earlier this month.
Since July, nine county residents, including the infant, have been diagnosed
with the highly contagious respiratory illness in seven separate incidents.
In early July, a Eureka teenager was diagnosed with pertussis, also known as
whooping cough. Subsequently, one of the teenager’s family members was
also diagnosed. In an unrelated case, another teenager and family member
were diagnosed later in the month. To date, an additional four unrelated
people between the ages of 9 and 67 years old have been diagnosed with
whooping cough in Humboldt County.