Immune teens can protect infants from whooping cough

Posted at: 10/21/2013 7:00 AM

Teens who are vaccinated against whooping cough can help protect their younger siblings from catching the highly contagious illness.

A new study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found that after the Centers for Disease Control started requiring teens to get booster shots, fewer infants were hospitalized with the disease.

Last year, the CDC also recommended pregnant women get the vaccine.

Earlier this month, a student at Victor Senior High School diagnosed with whooping cough. That comes after an outbreak of Pertussis across Livingston and Monroe Counties last summer.