Oct 21, 2013 12:20 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
According to researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, requiring teens to get whooping cough booster shots has led to a decrease in infants who have been hospitalized with the disease.
Researchers say that after the CDC started requiring teens to get the shots, they saw a significant decrease in small children getting whooping cough.
That is likely because babies are really susceptible to catching the disease from a family member, but they're too young to be vaccinated. If the people they're surrounded by have been vaccinated, their risk of catching the illness goes down.
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