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Rise in whooping cough cases

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging parents to make sure that their child is up to date with vaccinations after it was revealed that there has been a spike in whooping cough cases here.

By the end of March this year there were 27 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland. This compares with only 13 confirmed cases in the whole of last year.

The rise in children suffering from whooping cough (pertussis) has not just been prominent in NI but throughout the whole of the UK.

The PHA says that while Northern Ireland has an uptake rate of 98 % for primary vaccines before two years of age, it would urge the small minority of parents whose children are not vaccinated to do so immediately to help prevent whooping cough and a host of other potentially deadly diseases.

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