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Nurse Carrie Drake administers a vaccine to a patient in November 2010. More than 15,000 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, were reported in the U.S. last year. This disease is preventable with the DTaP vaccine. Health officials encourage everyone to keep immunizations up to date.

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Public health: Get your shots

So far this year, three cases of pertussis — or whooping cough — have been reported in Southwest Georgia, public health officials say.

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Flu vaccines available Tuesday

The Southwest Public Health District will start offering flu vaccine next week for $25.

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