What's Going Around: Whooping Cough

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Doctors are calling on parents to vaccinate their children after a number of cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Mid-Michigan schools.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that gets into your nose and throat. Dr. Susan Fedewa at 98point6 Emergicenter says it can cause serious issues, including pneumonia and swelling of the brain.

Symptoms of whooping cough include coughing spells that end with a whooping sound, sneezing, runny nose, and a low fever.

If diagnosed early, whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics. But Dr. Fedawa says the infection can be prevented if children are vaccinated and adults get booster shots.

Whooping cough is spread by coughing, sneezing, saliva, and skin to skin contact. If you think you have it, see a doctor right away.