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Whooping cough cases still rising

3rd December 2012

The Health Protection Agency has said the total number of cases of whooping cough in England and Wales so far this year is 7,728.

This figure is almost ten times higher than the same period in the last "peak" year of 2008, when 797 cases were reported. Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam, consultant epidemiologist for immunisation at the HPA, said: "The October figures show a continuing rise in the overall number of whooping cough cases. While there has been a decline in the number of infant cases it’s important to emphasise that it’s too early to see any impact from the pregnancy vaccination programme. Working with the Department of Health we are continuing to carefully monitor whooping cough activity to evaluate the success of the programme." 

 

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