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Babies are particularly vulnerable to whooping cough until they have received all three immunisations at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months old. So it's important to immunise on time, every time, and for people who are ill to stay away from babies until they are fully immunised.
We are currently experiencing a whooping cough epidemic in New Zealand. Health professionals talk about the severity of the disease, particularly in young babies, and the importance of immunisation to protect them.
Whooping cough - a baby in Starship's Intensive Care
A doctor at Starship Children's Health talks about a baby with whooping cough in Starship's Intensive Care Unit. At the time of filming in 2012, the baby was 8 weeks old and had been seriously ill in hospital for about 6 weeks.
Whooping cough - a mother's story
Mackenzie was just 7 weeks old when she became ill with whooping cough, early in 2012. She was admitted to hospital where she spent 10 days in isolation. Mackenzie's Mum, Anna Gibson, says they are pretty sure Mackenzie's Dad gave her whooping cough but it was too late by the time they realised he had it. Mackenzie has fully recovered now but Anna wants to tell her story so that other parents don't have to go through the same experience.
Whooping cough - a baby's struggle
Her mother, Stacey Illingworth, found Sativah lying in her cot blue and unable to breathe in July 2012. Sativah was rushed to hospital where she spent 5 weeks fighting the illness. Her mother wanted to share their story to illustrate the dangers of whooping cough and the importance of immunisation to protect young babies.
Whooping cough and A baby in Starship's Intensive Care are joint kidshealth.org.nz and Immunisation Advisory Centre productions. Our grateful thanks to the families of the babies in these videos for providing home footage or consenting to filming. Our thanks also to the health professionals for their interviews.
Whooping cough - a baby's struggle is a Waikato District Health Board production. Our grateful thanks to Waikato District Health Board and Stacey Illingworth for sharing this video of baby Sativah Lammas.
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Printed on 19 December 2014. Content is regularly updated so please refer to www.kidshealth.org.nz for the most up-to-date version