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Published December 28, 2012, 04:37 PM

Whooping cough is making a comeback

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- The Minnesota Department of Health is recommending booster shots for Whooping Cough, after the disease made a comeback this year.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- The Minnesota Department of Health is recommending booster shots for Whooping Cough, after the disease made a comeback this year.

The number of diagnoses in the state more than tripled from less than 700 to 43-hundred. That's the highest level since the 1930s. The spike is attributed to 1991 change in the vaccination that they now think doesn't last as long.

Six cases were reported in Clay County.

Gyda Anderson, Clay County public health nurse, says, "There are other areas in the state of Minnesota that had much higher rates. But, we are a very mobile society. We go to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to shop and all of those sorts of things."

The department recommends ten-year old children, pregnant women, and people who work with children get booster shots.

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