Guernsey reports 95% whooping cough vaccine takeup

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The island's director of public health has said 95% of pregnant women in Guernsey have chosen to have a new whooping cough vaccine.

Dr Stephen Bridgman said both women and their unborn babies could benefit from boosted defences from the vaccination.

The vaccination was offered to local women after a similar initiative in the UK aimed at stemming a recent outbreak.

More than 6,000 cases of whooping cough have been reported during the latest outbreak in the UK, with 10 fatalities.

The vaccine has been offered to women in Guernsey who are at least 28 weeks into their pregnancy.

Guernsey authorities said there had been a small rise in local whooping cough cases during the year.

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