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Mumps, whooping cough, measles ... Maybe vaccines are a good idea after all

May 17, 2010 |  1:07 pm

Vaccine Those so-called diseases of childhood -- mumps, measles, whooping cough -- haven't been defeated.

As L.A. Times staff writer Rong-Gong Lin II describes in this article, East Coast mumps outbreak may be spreading to L.A.:

"Nine cases of mumps have been reported so far this year, two more than were seen in all of 2009, according to county health officer Jonathan Fielding.

There is also a rise in whooping cough cases, which killed two infants in L.A. County this year, and an increase in measles cases to four so far in 2010, up from one last year."

If the deaths give you pause, here's contact information for the L.A. County Department of Public Health's immunization program.

And here's vaccine information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (named for its purpose, not the catchy sound).

-- Tami Dennis

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times