Whooping Cough Epidemic Prompts Possible Crackdown on Unvaccinated Kids

So far this year, whooping cough has killed five babies in California. Although none of those were San Francisco children, cases of whooping cough in this city have increased sixfold — and now the San Francisco Department of Public Health is considering a crackdown on children who are not vaccinated. 

This year, according to a Department of Public Health director's report (a monthly update on health issues in the city), unvaccinated children may be forbidden from attending schools and classes where whooping cough — more formally known as pertussis — has become an issue.

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