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Whooping cough can still be found in a fifth of UK school age children who visit their doctor with a persistent cough, even though most have been fully vaccinated, finds a study published on bmj.com.

Before the preschool pertussis booster vaccination had been introduced in the UK in 2001, evidence of recent pertussis infection could be found in nearly 40% of school age children who presented in primary care with a persistent cough.

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