Cases of whooping cough continue to rise30th October 2012
The Health Protection Agency has released data which shows the total number of whooping cough cases reported to date this year is 6,121, five times higher than in 2011.
Ten babies aged under three months old have died because of the disease this year. Babies cannot be vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old, so the government announced in September that pregnant women would be offered vaccinations against the illness. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at the HPA, said: "We have been very concerned about the continuing increase in whooping cough cases and related deaths and welcome the urgent action recently taken by the Department of Health to introduce a vaccine for pregnant women."
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Title: Cases of whooping cough continue to rise
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23064
Date Added: 30th Oct 2012