As many as 47 cases have been registered of whooping cough in Northland and it is considered to the biggest number till date in the region. This has made Northland District Health Board to ask parents to get their children vaccinated against whooping cough, as children are easy target for whooping cough bacteria.
Jonathan Jarman, who is Medical Health Officer, said that children gets affected badly with it, as they turn blue due to cough and in certain cases, they even stop breathing. In order to make sure that kids do not face any such problem, vaccination is the best solution.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) raised concerns that they have not seen such a rise in recent times, and a lot many cases have got registered in this year. Meanwhile, it was found that Bath and East Somerset (Banes) are also seeing a great rise in whooping cough cases. In total, nine cases have been registered in both the places.
"The most dangerous age for complications is children aged under one year. There have already been five cases in this age group so far this year", said Jarman. If parents feel some symptoms similar to infection then they should call a GP.