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Pertussis Whooping cough vaccination of pregnant women
The Chief Medical Officer, on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has asked for a programme of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination be urgently put in place to respond to the outbreak of infection that continues to increase in severity and has led to a number of infant deaths across the country.
Vaccination of pregnant women in the third trimester (recommended between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy) will offer protection to newborns during the early weeks after birth when the risk of pertussis is greatest.
The vaccine is called Repavax can be given to those with egg allergy. Having a minor illness such as cold without fever is not a reason to delay immunisation. Repavax can be administered same as the influenced vaccine.
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