Have cough vaccine, mums urged

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PREGNANT women in Rotherham are being urged to get vaccinated against whooping cough to protect their newborn babies.

Doctors and public health experts are encouraging mums-to-be to have the free injections following a rise in the number of cases, and the fact newborn children are particularly vulnerable to the highly contagious infection.

The temporary vaccination programme aims to boost the short-term immunity passed on by pregnant women to their babies, who cannot be vaccinated themselves until they are two months old.

Whooping cough symptoms can last for up to three months, and the infection can prove fatal in vulnerable infants.

So far this year nine children nationally have been killed by whooping cough.

The injection is offered to pregnant women from their 28th week of pregnancy. Anyone eligible for vaccination should ask their GP to arrange a jab.