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Dramatic rise in whooping cough in East Lancs

THERE have been 49 confirmed cases of whooping cough in East Lancashire this month, new figures have revealed.

The condition has been blamed for the death of three babies in Wales and had not been reported in East Lancashire so far this year.

The number of case is a dramatic increase from last year when just two cases were confirmed across the area.

Nationally figures published by the Health Protection Agency show that cases of whooping cough have continued at high levels with 1,080 confirmed cases reported for England and Wales, which is down on previous months. No deaths were reported in November.

In the NHS Blackburn with Darwen area there were four cases and in the NHS East Lancashire area, covering Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and Ribble Valley, there were 45 cases confirmed. In total there were 13 ‘unconfirmed’ cases.

At the end of September, the Department of Health announced that pregnant women would be offered whooping cough vaccination to protect their newborn babies, who do not usually start their vaccinations against whooping cough until they are two months of age. The aim of the vaccination programme is to help to boost the short term immunity passed on by women to their babies while they are still in the womb.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported immunisation rates in Blackburn with Darwen were on target but the take-up figures for whooping cough and measles jabs across NHS East Lancs were not.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, affects all ages. Young infants are at highest risk of severe complications and death from whooping cough as babies do not complete vaccinations until they are around four months old.

In older children and adults whooping cough can be an unpleasant illness but it does not usually lead to serious complications.

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

Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam said: “Parents should also be alert to the signs and symptoms of whooping cough – which include severe coughing fits accompanied by the characteristic ‘whoop’ sound in young children, but as a prolonged cough in older children or adults.”

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1:18pm Mon 24 Dec 12

woolywords says...

Why would anyone wish this upon a child, all for the sake of a daft jab with a needle?
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=fAkDrcZo
WwQ

This video may be quite harrowing to some and rightly so because there can be no excuse for not taking preventative measures.
Why would anyone wish this upon a child, all for the sake of a daft jab with a needle? https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=fAkDrcZo WwQ This video may be quite harrowing to some and rightly so because there can be no excuse for not taking preventative measures. woolywords
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2:25pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Old Alzheimer says...

Well said Woolywords !!!

But for whooping cough I would have enjoyed growing up with a brother.
Well said Woolywords !!! But for whooping cough I would have enjoyed growing up with a brother. Old Alzheimer
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3:53pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Mr_Mee says...

Because there is no evidence that injecting pregnant women with multiple vaccines is safe or even effective. No research. No trials. Just hope. I would rather keep my newborn baby away from any potential infectious place until old enough for his own jab of which has been tested, confirmed effective and based on research. This is just an opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to shift aging stock based on a hunch.
Because there is no evidence that injecting pregnant women with multiple vaccines is safe or even effective. No research. No trials. Just hope. I would rather keep my newborn baby away from any potential infectious place until old enough for his own jab of which has been tested, confirmed effective and based on research. This is just an opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to shift aging stock based on a hunch. Mr_Mee
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