SoCal infant first to die from whooping cough since 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Officials announced Tuesday that an infant in San Bernardino County was the first child to die from whooping cough in the state in two years.

California experienced a whooping cough epidemic in 2014, with 11,000 cases statewide.

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Health officials say they expect the next outbreak in 2019.

The California Department of Public Health recommends immunization for children as early as 6-weeks-old.

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