"Should I get a Whooping Cough vaccine?"

If you're over 65 and haven't had a pertussis vaccine in a while, at least in California, you should get the whooping cough vaccine.

This message is not out there--I hadn't heard anything about it.  Patients have been asking, but there isn't the information getting to us guys in the trenches.

The issue is now getting some press coverage.

Here are the California Public Health Department's recommendations for pertussis vaccination of older adults.

The levels of pertussis in California have reached "epidemic" levels, according to the state. 

The vaccine is a killed vaccine with cellular and acellular components, the DTaP, so should be safe to administer to the immunocompromised.