There has been a sharp rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the US this year, with the number of cases expected to be the worst in five decades, although it was hoped at one time in the 1970s that it might be entirely eradicated.
It has not helped that unsubstantiated scares about the vaccinations have caused many parents to seek exemptions to their children being vaccinated. (See here for how the data was manipulated to falsely create the impression that there was a correlation between the vaccine and autism.) This tends to increase the chances of it spreading, affecting even those who have been vaccinated since the vaccine itself is not 100% effective. So even if your own child is vaccinated, it still runs a small risk of getting it from another child, and the risk of that happening increases with the number of unvaccinated children.
New York senator Charles Schumer is calling for a federal program to offer free whooping cough vaccines for everyone under 18 who have not been vaccinated.
This is a good idea that should be expanded so that all childhood vaccines are offered free to all. It seems crazy to not use every possible means to advance basic public health goals.