Whooping cough vaccine a ‘no-brainer’ in pregnancy

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All pregnant women across the UK are to be offered a whooping cough vaccine to protect their unborn babies from the disease.

The latest outbreak, the worst in two decades, has killed nine newborn babies in England this year.

Vaccinating pregnant women will boost their immunity – and they will pass antibodies against the infection to the developing baby. Health officials say this will protect newborns until they are old enough to be immunised at two, three and four months.

Professor Adam Finn is a paediatrician and vaccine expert at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He urged pregnant women to have the jab.

BBC News Health

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