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Justin Erp, 5, left, of Montevideo, receives one in a series of vaccinations -- whooping cough among them -- administered Friday by nurse Edmee Behm of Atwater at Affiliated Community Medical Centers. Local health officials say many parents are asking about the whooping cough vaccine during back-to-school appointments. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Whooping cough outbreak has west central Minn. paying attention


WILLMAR -- A national rise in the incidence of whooping cough has many local residents paying attention.

Parents are asking about the whooping cough vaccine as they bring their children in for back-to-school appointments with the family doctor, said Jo DeBruycker, director of the Health Learning Center at Affiliated Community Medical Centers.

"There've been a lot of questions and I'm grateful for that," she said.

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Anne Polta

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