Our take: Currently, 16 people have died from whooping cough, with 32,000 cases reported. Most of the deaths were infants, according to Steven Reinberg, journalist for HeathDay. Reinberg's report on U.S. News explains why a CDC panel is urging pregnant women to get the whopping cough shot:
"All pregnant women should be vaccinated against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, preferably in their last trimester, a panel of U.S. advisers recommended Wednesday.
Getting vaccinated during pregnancy means a mother can pass immunity to whooping cough to her baby, the U.S. government panel explained. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that attacks the respiratory system.
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