A nurse in Washington administers the whooping cough vaccine to a child in May. In response to the epidemic, more than 82,000 adults have also received the vaccine this year. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Doctors Deploy Shots And Drugs Against Whooping Cough Outbreak

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Nurse Susan Peel gives a whooping cough vaccination to a high school student in Sacramento, Calif. The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness by the time people reach their teens and early adulthood. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Feds Join Fight Against Whooping Cough In Washington

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Nurse Susan Peel gives a whooping cough vaccination to a student at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif., in 2011. Now it seems likely such shots will become routine for senior citizens, too. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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In Calif., Doctors Struggle To Provide Whooping Cough Vaccine

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