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Preventing whooping cough as cases soar across the U.S.

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Amarillo, TX - This could become a record year for whooping cough with more than 16,000 cases already reported in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they are tracking what could end up being a record year for whooping cough or pertussis.

There have been two confirmed reports in Amarillo so far this year and 754 across the state.

The cases across the United States this year have nearly doubled compared to last year.

Doctor Todd Bell says a lack of vaccinations for both children and adults may be the reason for the increase in cases.

"If people defer their vaccines or they are not getting their kids vaccinated, that is going to increase the chance of an outbreak occurring. Not just for the child who has not been vaccinated or who's parents have deferred that vaccination but also for the kids who that individual may come into contact with," said Dr. Bell.

Along with infants over the age of two months, the CDC is recommending adults, get the Tdap vaccination to stop further spread of the infection.