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Rise in whooping cough cases prompts vaccination re-think

2 September 2012 Last updated at 09:15 BST

Health officials are considering vaccinating newborn babies against whooping cough because of a dramatic rise in cases this year.

More than 3,500 cases have been reported in 2012 - a third of those in July alone.

The Department of Health said expanding the vaccination programme was one option being looked at, but any decision would not be taken lightly.

John Ironmonger reports.