Doctors Seeing Big Rise in Flu and Whooping Cough

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"She was the absolute joy of our life and we felt so blessed," said Veronica McNally about her daughter Francesca.

A few months after Francesca was born last February, Veronica developed a cough, which she passed onto one of her two sons.

The doctors told them it was nothing serious, but then little Francesca started coughing too: "It's not like we didn't try and find out what was going on. We saw many health care professionals who just didn't recognize it."

Finally, a doctor diagnosed them all with Pertussis, or the whooping cough, but it was too late for Francesca. She died in May, at just 3-months-old.

"We had her every day for three months. Our sons had her every day for three months, and they expected to have her for the rest of their lives."

Now Veronica is joining doctors from all over the state to beg everyone to get vaccinated against the flu and whooping cough; both fatal to infants.

"We're seeing the cases just dramatically up-swing," said Anthony Ognjan of the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

Already this season, the Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed 597 cases of the whooping cough and 12 cases of the flu in Michigan.

"One of the adults, they bring it home, and if you have un-vaccinated children or family members, they will almost (always) get the disease," continued Ognjan.

You can get these vaccines at your doctor's office or while you shop at stores like Walmart, Kroger and Meijer, and just one vaccine could save the life of someone like Francesca.

"Help others protect their infants, and spare them from having to endure the tragedy which we've had to endure," said McNally.

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