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Whooping cough booster in pregnancy is highly protective for newborns, study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1683 (Published 05 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1683
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Maternal pertussis vaccination provides more than 90% protection for babies in the first two months of life, the critical period before they can receive their first childhood jabs, research has shown.1

In 2012 the Department of Health urged pregnant women to be vaccinated against whooping cough because of rising numbers of cases in infants.2 The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends that vaccination should be offered from gestational weeks 16 to 32 to help babies …

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