Epidemic putting babies at risk
The Whooping cough epidemic is still putting babies at risk in Auckland.
The highly infectious and serious illness is of concern to health professionals and the recent outbreak has already claimed the life of 2 babies in New Zealand.
Babies under the age of 1 are at high risk and currently 1 in 4 babies are not currently immunised by 6 months of age.
Dr Catherine Jackson, Medical Officer of Health at the Auckland Regional Public Health Services says the number of people with whooping cough is very high and that people are ignoring the signs and failing to visit their doctor.
Vaccination for all children is free, and women in their 7th month of pregnancy can now have a free vaccination from their family doctor.
Get more help and information from:
- Auckland Regional Public Health Services websitehttp://www.arphs.govt.nz/health-information/communicable-disease/pertussis-whooping-cough
- Immunisation advisory centrewww.immune.org.nzor freephone 0800 466 863
- Talk to your family practice nurse or your doctor
- Call Health Line 24/7 on freephone 0800 611 116
- Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health Book information websitehttp://www.health.govt.nz/yourhealth-topics/children/well-child-tamariki-ora
- Plunket Line freephone 0800 933 922