NEW YORK (AP) — The number of whooping cough cases has tripled in New York, and Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on health officials to provide free vaccinations.
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He points out the cough is very contagious and especially dangerous if transmitted to young children.
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So far this year, 1,288 cases have been reported in New York state, three times the number from 2011. There have been 187 cases in New York City and 333 on Long Island.
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