To guard against spreading the disease to babies less than 2 months old
State health officials are advising adults to get booster shots if they're going to be around a baby so they don't unknowingly spread the highly infectious "whooping cough" disease to the ones most likely to die from it.
"Many of the people who are developing these infections are not the very young but are rather adolescents and adults whose immunity has waned," says Dr. Fred Lopez, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the LSU Health Sciences Center.
"The people who are most at risk for poorer outcomes are really young children, in part because they can't get the vaccination until they're at least two months of age, Lopez said.
Five babies less than two months old have died of whooping cough this year in Louisiana and Texas.