Dr Mary Ramsay, of the Health Protection Agency told The Mirror: "We usually see a rise in cases of whooping cough every three to four years. The uptake of the vaccine which protects against whooping cough is very good but it is a highly infectious disease so when there is a case it can spread quickly. Parents should ensure their children are up to date with their vaccinations."
You can find out more about whooping cough and vaccinations on the NHS Choices website.
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