Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccine in Pregnant Women

A temporary vaccination programme was introduced in October 2012, to offer pertussis vaccination to all pregnant women between 28 and 38 weeks gestation (inclusive) in response to the increase in pertussis and in order to protect young infants in the first few weeks of life, before they are old enough to start the routine childhood immunisation programme at eight weeks. In June 2014, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that the maternal pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination programme should be continued for at least the next five years.

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Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious diseases, and is one of the biggest health successes of the last century. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them.
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Saturday, March 31, 2012
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