Woman With Rare Case of Whooping Cough Breaks Rib, Bruises Stomach After Coughing Nonstop

by Janissa Delzo

Being unable to stop coughing is an unpleasant experience, but imagine it happening so often and severely that you break a rib—this was the reality for a 66-year-old Massachusetts woman.

Touro University medical student Shamis Fallah prepares paperwork before administering a Tdap vaccination during the Solano County health fair on August 11, 2010, in Vallejo, California. California medical officials are urging California residents to get booster shots for whooping cough as the state is in the midst of the largest outbreak in more than 50 years.

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