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Pregnant women and children in South West urged to have whooping cough vaccination

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

Pregnant women and children in the South West have been urged to have the whooping cough vaccination

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Pregnant women and children in the South West have been urged to have the whooping cough vaccination.

Figures published by the Health Protection Agency show there were 53 infant cases of whooping cough in Somerset during the first ten months of this year compared with just six cases during the last peak year of 2008. Almost 8,000 cases of whooping cough have been confirmed for England and Wales this year.

The national figure is nearly ten times higher than for the same period in 2008 when 797 cases were reported.

GPs and Public Health Advisors have made the vaccination call as young infants can be at the highest risk from whooping cough – with severe complications even leading to death.

Julie Yates, Public Health Consultant with NHS Somerset, said: "Getting vaccinated while you're pregnant should help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough in his or her first few weeks of life. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta. Babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old.

"We also strongly recommend all women make sure their children receive their whooping cough vaccinations on time."

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways. It spreads when a person with the infection coughs and sheds the bacterium which is then inhaled by another person.

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  • robocop1982  |  December 11 2012, 5:13AM

    I suggest parents actually research the exact ingredients in vaccinations before they let a total stranger inject it into them. YOU hear about these sick animal testing experiments used on monkeys. MY problem is how can we trust the word of people who show no feelings about sick animals testing experiments. People who inflict these horrible procedures on lab animals show no feeling about harming those animals which is proof they do not care about life. what they do to animals in those labs is way beyond extreme sickness. words cannot really describe it. THe karma of that suffering could end up going into the vaccinations that have been developed from animal suffering. things can manifest in many ways.

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  • robocop1982  |  December 11 2012, 4:59AM

    stuboy13 you must have faith and belief in the power of the mind. YOU must bear in mind also that a vaccination might not prevent protect against anything. May believe modern improvements in sanitary hygiene and drinking water have eliminated diseases more than medicine. what you eat will do you more good than injecting some dirty laboratory junk into your veins. did you know vaccinations contain mercury. I'd rather be as nature intended. THats the way the Indians did it old buddy

  • robocop1982  |  December 11 2012, 4:51AM

    I can't believe i get a negative mark for simply raising the point about possible side effects which are bound to occur in some form from vaccination. Many children have been made ill from vaccinations and other illnesses they suffered may of been a later in life result from the vaccination. It is the people who are given the vaccinations who are the test subjects determining what the effect might be. YOu have to be faithful for mind over matter to work and it can work regarldless of age and peole hav cheated death. You must believe you are not going to give up.

  • 2ladybugs  |  December 10 2012, 11:34AM

    I suggest anybody that has doubts about the seriousness of whooping cough, is made to sit with a young baby/child who has the misfortune to catch this dreadful illness. A day would be preferrable but I am sure that after an hour the doubter will have had enough.

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  • Stuboy13  |  December 10 2012, 11:15AM

    @robocop1982 - You put your faith in mind over matter??!! I don't know why more people don't do that,if you put your mind to it you can probably avoid your child getting whooping cough or yourself becoming ill. Turns out we don't need any drugs or medicines, just 'mind over matter'! I think you may be nuts

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  • accom  |  December 10 2012, 7:13AM

    Yes, some vaccinations may have side effects. But the side effect of not having most of these vaccinations is death. Balancing these two, it's a complete no-brainer. I think parents should be prosecuted if they refuse to give their children a vaccination and the child then dies or infects another innocent child with the disease. It's completely irresponsible and very selfish.

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  • robocop1982  |  December 08 2012, 8:27PM

    My concern with these vaccinations is what if they carry unforeseen or unknown side effects which could occur differently in each person. what if baby vaccinations are responsible for illnesses in children an they might occur in different ways. Injecting something bad into a persons body is a potential disaster. the public have a right to see the exact manufacturing process on video and see it in exact form and exactly what you are having injected into you . You should never inject something into somebody without seeing exactly what is in it. I put my faith in min over matter.

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