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Latest Resources and updates – May 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY POTENTIAL PERTUSSIS CASES NEED TO BE REPORTED TO THE UKHSA HEALTH PROTECTION TEAM. THE HEALTH PROTECTION TEAM WILL THEN ADVISE FURTHER ACTIONS REQUIRED:

Email: PHE.EoEHPT@nhs.net

Tel: 0300 303 8537

Pertussis

Pertussis (whooping cough) cases are rising and infants who are too young to start their vaccinations are at the greatest risk.

553 new cases were confirmed in England during January 2024, compared with 858 cases for the whole of 2023.

Young infants with pertussis are often likely to need hospital intervention as this disease can lead to pneumonia and permanent brain damage.

All staff should be aware of the maternal pertussis offer and be discussing this vaccination with pregnant people at every contact.  Vaccinations may be offered at a routine antenatal contact but please be aware not all maternity units and clinics have this facility.  Practice nurses and GP colleagues should have a plan in place to ensure pregnant people are being routinely offered pertussis vaccination.

The current PGD criteria includes:

  • Pregnant women from 16 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Mothers with an infant less than 2 months of age who did not receive
    pertussis vaccination during their pregnancy.

Please encourage vaccination after birth (if unvaccinated during pregnancy) to bridge the gap for those infants at greatest risk.  All infants will then become eligible for routine immunisations at 8 weeks of age.  

UKHSA: Whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy

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