SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois health officials are calling attention to an increase in whooping cough cases this year as they remind parents about required immunizations for children.
Approximately 1,200 cases of whooping cough have been reported in Illinois so far this year. That's compared to 468 cases reported as of Aug. 1 last year.
There's a new immunization requirement for the 2012-2013 school year. Sixth- and ninth-grade students are now required to show proof of receiving the Tdap (TEE'-dap) vaccine. That's an immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly called whooping cough.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says students must either show proof of having received the vaccination, have an appointment to get it or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file.
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