SANFORD- An outbreak of whooping cough has prompted North Carolina Health officials to urge residents to be vaccinated against the disease, According to the Fayetteville Observer, between December and the first week of June, 179 cases have been reported in 23 counties, according to the N. C. Department of Health and Human Services. Three cases have been reported in the Cape Fear Region-one each in Lee, Sampson and Scotland Counties. 122 people in Alamance County have contracted the disease. Whooping cough is usually spread by sneezing and coughing. The vaccine Tdap is available to anyone 7 or older, regardless of insurance. The vaccine is available at health departments and many public and private health care providers.
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