EL PASO — The City of El Paso Health Department reported an increase of pertussis cases, or whooping cough.
So far this year, there have been 55 cases reported in El Paso, compared to an average of five cases per year for the last five years.
According to health officials, the best protection against the disease is vaccination.
Children and adults can get the disease, but all six deaths reported in Texas in 2011 were children.
The Department of Public Health's Immunization Program is offering a limited number of pertussis vaccines for $59 at the Tigua Health Center located at 7862 San Jose.
People who are uninsured, or underinsured, may qualify for a discounted vaccine, $10 for children under 18, and $25 for adults.
To set up an appointment, call 915-771-5822.