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Are you in your third trimester? Get the whooping cough vaccine ASAP

Pregnant women between 28-38 weeks pregnant are being asked to get vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis).

20120928-204141.jpgThis is due to a sharp rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the UK, and eight babies dying from whooping cough recently.

If you’re in your third trimester, getting the whooping cough vaccine will help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough during the first few weeks of its life because the immunity you get from the vaccine will pass onto your baby through the placenta.

Find out more about the whooping cough vaccination from NHS Choices.