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Warning after whooping cough rise
10:10am Saturday 4th August 2012 in News
PARENTS are being warned to have their children vaccinated after a whooping cough outbreak across the country.
More than 159 cases were confirmed in the north west in the past six months compared to 44 cases in 2008 which was the last time there was a national outbreak.
Symptoms include prolonged coughing and coughing fits with a ‘whoop’ sound from young children.
To get full immunity children should be vaccinated when they are aged two, three and four months old and given a pre-school booster.
Dr Sam Ghebrehewet, from the Health Protection Agency, said: “Babies and infants have limited immunity to infection and whooping cough can make them very ill indeed so it is essential that children are immunised.”