Whooping cough (aka pertussis) can make you cough so hard that you break your ribs! You can get it when people who have the disease are coughing or sneezing around you.

In 2010, over 9,000 people caught whooping cough and 10 babies died in California. Before starting the new school year, all 7th graders in California need a whooping cough shot. Ask your parents to visit to learn more!

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