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Midwives call for more vaccinators to help protect pregnant women and children from whooping cough

Midwives call for more vaccinators to help protect pregnant women and children from whooping cough

Midwives in New Zealand are calling for more vaccinators to be assigned to immunising pregnant women and children against whooping cough. The country

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Midwives in New Zealand are calling for more vaccinators to be assigned to immunising pregnant women and children against whooping cough. The country has seen its first case of the disease in the Nelson/Marlborough region of the South Island, and three babies have died from it so far this year. Whooping cough often begins with cold symptoms and can lead to a cough that makes it hard to breathe, as well as a whooping sound, dry-retching, or vomiting. The disease is particularly hazardous for young children. The New Zealand College of Midwives is urging the government to establish a pregnancy vaccination strategy and to increase awareness of the issue.

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