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Epidemic putting babies at risk

Last updated 14:53 13/02/2013

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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.

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