Updated 15 October 2015

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Whooping cough (pertussis) is on the increase across the globe, even in countries with high vaccination coverage.

Scientists think it has to do with waning immunity, but also because adults and younger children don't show the typical symptoms, and so can pass it on to younger children without knowing.

Children under three months are most at risk. It might be whooping cough if your child coughs for around 2 weeks and has one of the following symptoms: sudden coughing attack, whooping intake of breath or vomiting with a “violent” cough.

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