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Pertussis in Denmark

18 Nov 2016

On the 16 November 2016 the Danish health authorities reported (in Danish) an increase of pertussis cases. From the beginning of the year until 30 October 2016, 1 539 cases have been reported. There is a sharp increase of incidence of pertussis, especially in young children between one and four years, but also for people over 40 years, where the incidence has almost doubled. The 0-year-olds are as previously among the most affected with an approximately 32% rise in incidence.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of pertussis vaccine in accordance with the UK schedule. The JCVI recommends pertussis boosters for pregnant women, but not for other adults in the UK.