The number of whooping cough cases in Washington State is rising rapidly that the Governor has gotten involved. Thursday Governor Chris Gregoire announced she’s releasing $90,000 in emergency funds to step up the state’s public awareness campaign.
Under the watchful eye of her mother, TV cameras, and the Governor, four year-old Kimberly Magdeleno reacts as the nurse gives her a series of shots. One of them is the vaccine for pertussis, or whooping cough. Her crying quickly fades when the nurse rewards her with a set of stickers.