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My question is about the students at West Junior High diagnosed with whooping cough: Were the students immunized against the whooping cough before they got the disease?

All five West Junior High students had been vaccinated against the disease before they got it, said Kim Ens, disease control program coordinator for the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department. The vaccines seem to wear off after children are 8 or 9 years old, she said.

There is no vaccine for people older than 7 years old.

The five junior high students were confirmed to have whooping cough, also known as pertussis, in the beginning and middle of December.

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