Whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy

14 May 2024

Whooping cough (pertussis) cases are rising in England, with 1,319 cases confirmed in March 2024 compared with 858 cases for the whole of 2023.

Babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk and are often very unwell, with many likely to need hospital treatment.

The pertussis vaccination in pregnancy helps to protect people who are pregnant and young babies against serious illness.

Find out more about whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy on the NHS website.

Find out more about vaccinations offered to you during pregnancy on our maternity web pages.

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