Hundreds of students in San Mateo County and thousands across California have yet to get the whooping cough vaccine mandated by the state, forcing some to stay home from school. Dozens more have refused it on philosophical grounds.
A state law passed last year requires seventh- through 12th-graders to get the vaccine by the start of the school year. The deadline was later pushed back 30 days and some schools have received additional extensions. Read More
It began with a cough. And then the coughing wouldn’t stop.
“We would cough, cough, cough for like five minutes straight,” said Emily Tobita, 18, of the Richmond district. “At the end of really bad fits, we’d end up throwing up.” Read More