Guernsey to offer whooping cough vaccine temporarily

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Health authorities have introduced a temporary whooping cough vaccination programme for pregnant women.

The vaccine will be offered to women who are at least 28 weeks into their pregnancy.

The authorities said it followed an outbreak in the UK and a small rise in whooping cough notifications in Guernsey in the last couple of months.

They said the vaccine would provide protection to infants too young for whooping cough vaccination.

The vaccination should be offered by either GPs or midwives when women attend for routine antenatal visits or when they attend GPs for their flu vaccination.

Additional vaccines have been ordered and are due to arrived at the end of the week.

Dr Stephen Bridgman, the director of public health, said he recommended all children underwent their routine vaccinations including for whooping cough.

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