28 September 2012

Whooping Cough for Pregnant Women

RCGP comment on Department of Health decision to initiate a temporary vaccination programme to protect pregnant women against whooping cough

Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Health Protection Lead said:

"We welcome the announcement by the Department of Health today to vaccinate all pregnant women against whooping cough, particularly in light of the recent deaths of babies.

"Whooping cough is a highly infectious bacterial disease which spreads when a person with the infection coughs and sheds the bacteria which is then inhaled by another person.

"The vaccine will be offered to pregnant women from week 28 of their pregnancy during routine antenatal appointments with a GP, midwife or nurse.

"The vaccine is already well-stocked in GP surgeries as part of the childhood vaccination programme."


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