Whooping cough rise triggers alert

WHOOPING cough is still on the rise and Queensland Health is renewing its call for parents and carers of babies to be immunised against the potentially deadly disease.

More than 700 cases have already been recorded this year.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says whooping cough can be fatal for babies and parents and carers need to have a booster dose.

“The most important group that we need to look after are young babies because they can’t be vaccinated until they’re at least two months of age and they don’t get full protection until they’ve had their third shot when they’re six months of age,” she said.

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