Schumer Calls for Free Vaccines in Response to Rise in Whooping Cough

Chuck Schumer has had it up to here with whooping cough.

And that's pretty reasonable: the number of whooping cough cases has tripled in New York, potentially making this the worst year for whooping cough in half a century.

Not to freak you out, but the current number is 1,288, with 187 cases in New York City. This is extra alarming if you also happened to watch Contagion on HBO last night.

Schumer has called on the federal government to provide free vaccinations for any adults who have not been vaccinated since age 18. Whooping cough is very contagious, and young children are particularly susceptible.

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