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Cases of whooping cough at a 20 year high in the UK

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract caused by Bordetella pertussis or parapertussis. The combined diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTap) vaccine was introduced as part of the government-funded childhood vaccination program in 1940, and in most … Continue reading

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