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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

New Zealand is currently experiencing a national whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic.  The last national epidemic spanned August 2011 to December 2013.

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly infectious disease that is spread by coughing and sneezing. It’s caused by bacteria which damage the breathing tubes. Whooping cough can be very serious for babies and children – especially those under 1 year old.  Immunisation is the best way to prevent whooping cough.

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