Where's all this Whooping Cough coming from? That question has prompted an advisory panel with the Centers for Disease Control to recommend an additional booster shot for children between 11 and 18 years old.
Currently, the Whooping Cough vaccine is only given to kids under age six, but it begins to wear off in about 10 years. By that time, whooping cough, or pertussis, may come and go like a bad cough, but if a teenager passes it on to a baby or young child, it can be deadly or cause coughing fits severe enough to crack ribs.
So, the panel is advising a booster by age 11. So that ultimately little ones will be protected from others who may be infected.