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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7276

Cases of pertussis exceed 6000 in England and Wales: A total of 10 babies under 3 months of age have died from pertussis in England and Wales this year so far, the Health Protection Agency has said. The total number of cases of pertussis at the end of September was 6121, almost seven times the total of 902 in 2008, the last peak year before the current outbreak. The Department of Health announced at the end of September that pregnant women should be offered the vaccine to protect their …

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