15 come down with whooping cough at wrestling tourney

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State health officials says at least 15 people with whooping cough attended the state high school wrestling championships at the Tacoma Dome in February. The illness is highly contagious and spreads easily through coughing and sneezing.

    Some wrestlers, coaching staff and spectators at the Feb. 20 and 21 event had whooping cough. They are from Kittitas and Pacific County.

    Health officials say whooping cough is common in Washington. About 600 cases are reported each year. Vaccinations provide the best defense.

    Children are supposed to get five vaccinations between two months of age and when they start school. A booster is now available and recommended for people between the ages of 11 and 64.

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