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Officials Deny Lack of Vaccinations Caused Whooping Cough Outbreak in Los Angeles

By Chris Mills Rodrigo | 26 February 2019

THE HILL — Officials at a Los Angeles high school said Tuesday that a lack of vaccinations does not explain an outbreak of whooping cough.

“We have a really high vaccination rate in our community, which is something we’re very grateful for,” Harvard-Westlake spokesperson Ari Engelberg said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thirty students at the private school have reportedly been diagnosed with whooping cough, also known as pertussis, recently.

Engelberg also told reporters that only 18 of Harvard-Westlake’s roughly 1,600 students have medical exemptions allowing them to opt out of immunizations. He added that none of those students have contracted the disease. […]

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