The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine has been recommended for children and young adults for quite some time. However, seniors are now being added to the list of recommended vaccine recipients.
The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending that all Americans ages 65 and older get vaccinated against whooping cough to help prevent the spread of the disease to vulnerable infants.
According to federal health officials, more than 21,000 people got whooping cough in 2010. That's the highest number since 2005 and among the highest rates in more than 50 years.