By City News Service
An 11-year-old middle school student in Oceanside has whooping cough - the fifth person in the region to be diagnosed with the disease this week, county health officials said Friday.
The 11-year-old attend Jefferson Middle School, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
Earlier this week, the HHSA announced that three students in Solana Beach and one in Escondido were diagnosed with whooping cough.
"We continue to see cases of whopping cough in our community, and it's a good reminder for parents to have their children's immunizations up-to-date," said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county's deputy public health officer.
All of the infected students had been vaccinated against whooping cough.
"While it is true that no vaccine provides 100 percent protection against infections, being immunized often makes the symptoms less severe if a person does become ill," Sidelinger said.
There were 51 cases of whooping cough reported in the county last year. So far this year, there have been 32 cases.