Remember the whooping cough epidemic that swept Washington State in 2012? Although the situation has been controlled since then, whooping cough, A.K.A. pertussis, remains a common affliction in young children across the state. As of Sept. 13, 2014, a total of 22 counties have reported pertussis activity. Even if none of your family members have contracted the disease yet, it pays to be prepared. Here is essential information you need to know so you can protect yourself and your family from this malady.