Pertussis Cases Keep Rising | VideoMichelle San Miguel | 8/8/2012
State law allows parents to exempt their children from being vaccinated for philosophical, moral or religious reasons.
"Unfortunately the vaccine is not 100 percent effective so some people, even though they`re vaccinated, can become infected with pertussis. However if you get pertussis even though you`ve been vaccinated it`s usually much shorter illness and a much less severe illness," said Epidemiologist Abbi Pierce.
Pierce says those who are vaccinated have an 80 to 85 percent chance of not catching the disease. If you have a cough that`s not going away or isn`t normal, the state recommends that you contact a healthcare provider.