According to recent statistics, whooping cough cases were higher in the first 6 months of 2015 than during the same period last year.
During 2014-15, only 56.4% of pregnant were vaccinated against the whooping cough, sparking concern among midwives for those who haven’t had the vaccine.
In light of the recent figures, Public Health England are now calling for pregnant women to protect themselves and their baby.
Director of midwifery for the Royal College of Midwives, Louise Silverton said: “This has our support and we echo this appeal for pregnant women to have this vaccine during pregnancy. Whooping cough can have fatal consequences for a child and they are particularly vulnerable in the first two months of life, when they are effectively unprotected against this disease until they have their first vaccination at two months.”
During the first 6 months of this year, 1,744 cases of whopping cough were recorded, an increase from 1,412 during the same period in 2014.
Speaking to BBC News, Public Health England’s head of immunisation, Dr Mary Ramsay said: “It’s important that pregnant women visit their GP surgery or midwife to get vaccinated, ideally between weeks 28 and 32 of their pregnancy.
“Being vaccinated against whooping cough while you’re pregnant is a highly effective way to protect your baby in the first few weeks of their life.”
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