2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955January 4th, 2013 in Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes /
Health officials say 2012 was the nation's worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades.
Whooping cough tends to run in multi-year cycles, and experts say last year appears to have been a peak. Also, a newer version of the whooping cough vaccine doesn't last as long as expected.
The good news: Deaths from the disease were down last year, to 18. Experts think that doctors were faster at diagnosing and treating the disease during outbreaks.
Whopping cough used to be a bigger problem until a vaccine was developed in the 1940s.
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