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In this May 10, 2012 photo, Claudia Solorio holds her daughter, Kimberly Magdeleno, 4, as nurses give her a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash. State health officials declared an epidemic as the number of pertussis cases has soared this year. (Associated Press/ File)

In this May 10, 2012 photo, Claudia Solorio holds her daughter, Kimberly Magdeleno, 4, as nurses give her a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash. State health officials declared an epidemic as the number of pertussis cases has soared this year. (Associated Press/ File)

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