NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ State health officials are preparing to hold the first of two vaccination clinics after six cases of whooping cough were confirmed in North Kingstown.

The first clinic is scheduled for Thursday in the North Kingstown high school cafeteria. It runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Rhode Island Health Department says four cases of pertussis, its formal name, were confirmed in students who attend Stony Lane Elementary School. One case was confirmed at Davisville Middle and another at Hamilton Elementary.

The department is urging children not up to date on their pertussis vaccination to be immunized. Adults are also encouraged to get vaccinated.

Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection in the lungs and is highly contagious. It’s treated with antibiotics.
A second clinic will be held Monday.

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