CHICAGO (CBS) — A case of whooping-cough has turned up at Palatine High School, and health officials say it should serve as a reminder to parents to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccinations.
Dr. Rachel Rubin with the Cook County Department of Public Health says children need at least five doses of the pertussis vaccine to protect against the viral disease.
Over the past year, the county logged more than 80 cases, and fall and winter are prime time for it.
Rubin says it starts out mimicking the symptoms of a cold and then turns into a nasty cough that can linger as long as 12 weeks.
It can become so intense, it can induce vomiting.