Medical experts around the state say they are seeing an increase in whooping cough cases, mainly in the elderly and the young.

"Whooping cough is particularly bad in the elderly and the young, and what we want to do is make sure that everyone gets their immunization and keeps them up to date," said Dr. William Burgin of the Nueces County Health Department.

Burgin says there is no outbreak of the disease here in Nueces County, but local medical officials are trying to be preemptive.

The symptoms of whooping cough are much like the flu, except with a persistent cough. Newborn babies, with their weak immune systems, are especially susceptible, as are the elderly, who may have gotten immunized when they were young but the immunization has worn off.

So if you are 65 or older, you are encouraged to get a booster shot.