Waterloo Region Public Health is urging residents to get vaccinated against whopping cough, if you haven’t already.  

It says, since April, there have been 8 confirmed cases of the illness.

It adds, many of those who contracted it did not have up-to-date immunizations.  

It’s a trend being seen across the province. Public Health reports over 180 lab-confirmed cases in Ontario – an uptick over normal years.