California State whooping cough outbreak shows vaccine weakness

A California city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.

Elk Grove had a whooping-cough infection rate three to five times higher than other places in Sacramento County last year even though only 80 of the suburb's 4,500 kindergartners opted out of vaccinations, according to the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1A6Rcvt ).

"Children who were vaccinated did not receive the protection desired," said Kate McAuley, program coordinator of communicable disease and immunization at the Sacramento County Public Health Department.
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