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One in five children with persistent cough found to have whooping cough

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4211
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A fifth of children who presented to their GP with a persistent cough had whooping cough, even though most had been fully vaccinated, a study has found.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and Public Health England carried out a prospective cohort study to find out whether pertussis is still causing whooping cough among schoolchildren since a preschool booster was added to the childhood vaccination schedule in 2001. This is …

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