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Teenagers and newborn babies in England and Wales may get pertussis jab as cases continue to rise

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 04 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5919
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Teenagers may be vaccinated against pertussis after a rise of more than 1000 cases this summer in England and Wales.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is considering the move after provisional figures from the Health Protection Agency showed that 1047 cases of the disease were reported in July, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 3523. The July figure is nearly as high as the number of reported cases in the whole of last year, 1118.

The committee is considering introducing a booster dose …

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