36 weeks: When is whooping cough not whooping cough

What’s the deal with Whooping cough? NHS tells us:

There’s a lot of whooping cough (pertussis) around at the moment and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk.

Whooping cough is a highly infectious, serious illness that can lead to pneumonia and brain damage, particularly in young babies. Most babies with whooping cough will need hospital treatment, and when whooping cough is very severe they may die.

I got jabbed in the arm on Monday with Repevax (sniff, it still hurts). It contained protection against pertussis, polio, diphtheria and tetanus as apparently there is no whooping cough only vaccination. And that’s when a jab for whooping cough is not quite what it seems!

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