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Whooping Cough vaccination advice

The Department of Health is recommending that pregnant women between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy are offered the single dose 'whooping cough' vaccine. The vaccine is called Repevax and contains pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, diphtheria and inactivated poliomyelitis. There is no evidence of risk to the mother or baby from having these vaccines in pregnancy, and breastfeeding is not affected.

We therefore recommend that you arrange an appointment for your vaccine at your GP surgery with either your GP or practice nurse. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine, please inform your GP.

For further information about the vaccination and about whooping cough, visit: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/09/whooping-cough/

03 October 2012

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