Residents being urged to keep vaccines up-to-date

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Health officials in Sioux Falls are urging residents to verify that their vaccinations are up-to-date, following a reported increase in the number of pertussis cases in South Dakota.

The state Health Department late last week said 29 cases of pertussis or whooping cough had been reported statewide so far this year, compared to 67 in all of last year. More than one-third of this year's cases have been in the Black Hills.

Sioux Falls health officials are also concerned about the reported cases of measles in Minnesota.

Jill Franken is the city's public health director. She says it is important that adults and children are fully immunized.

Vaccines are available at the Falls Community Health center. Residents can schedule an appointment by phone at 605 367-8793.

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