Vermont's pertussis problem is on the decline.
Last year the state set a record for confirmed cases of whooping cough-- 645. So far this year, the state has 42 confirmed cases. That's about half the number for this time last year.
The state attributes the decline to vaccination efforts. Since mid-December, thousands of adults and children have been vaccinated at clinics run by the Vermont Health Department or at doctor's offices.
Pertussis easily spreads from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It can be deadly for babies too young to be fully vaccinated.
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