Whooping Cough Outbreak Research Paper

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9/29/12BBC News - Whooping cough outbreak: Pregnant women to be vaccinated HEALTH Woman is 53 But Looks 27 Carshalton: Mom publishes free facelift secret that has angered doctors... Mother Turns Skinny in 4 Weeks Carshalton: Mom cut 2 stones in thighs, face and arm using this 1 weird trick... ads not by this site 28 September 2012 Last updated at 00:45 Whooping cough outbreak: Pregnant women to be vaccinated By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women across the UK are to be offered a whooping cough vaccine to protect babies from an escalating outbreak of the disease. Very young babies are at the greatest risk of serious complications. Nine have died in the UK this year.…show more content…
It could affect up to 150,000 people and kill 300 in a single year. The latest figures from the Health Protection Agency reported 4,791 cases in 2012 - 1,230 in August alone. There were only 908 cases in the whole of 2008 during the last outbreak. Scotland has reported 508 cases up to mid-June while Northern Ireland had 139 cases up to mid-July. Both figures are significantly higher than for the previous year. The chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said: "Whooping cough is highly contagious and newborns are particularly vulnerable. "It's vital that babies are protected from the day they are born - that's why we are offering the vaccine to all pregnant women." The vaccine will be offered during routine antenatal appointments with a nurse, midwife or GP. The vaccination programme is only temporary to deal with the heightened risk of whooping cough infection during this outbreak. A similar programme is already under way for pregnant women in the US, although the evidence for its effectiveness is still unclear. Dr Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at the Health Protection Agency (HPA), welcomed the measure. "We have been very concerned about the continuing increase in whooping cough cases and related deaths. "It's also important we continue to remind all parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against whooping cough to continue their protection through

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