This is a vaccine preventable disease for which there is a national immunisation programme in the UK. Information on the disease and the vaccine is available from NHS Choices [external link].
Public Health England provides up-to-date statistics on disease incidence and vaccine coverage.
25 November 2013: Latest HPR News (data to end September 2013)
8 October 2013: Latest HPR - Pertussis Vaccination Programme for Pregnant Women: vaccine coverage estimates in
England, October 2012 to June 2013
1 October 2013: Latest HPR News (data to end July 2013)
27 August 2013: Latest HPR - Laboratory-confirmed cases of pertussis reported to the enhanced pertussis surveillance programme: Q2/2013
25 July 2013: Public Health England press release: Whooping cough cases continue to fall
24 July 2013: Latest HPR News (data to end May 2013)
13 May 2013: Department of Health - Whooping cough vaccination programme for pregnant women extended to 2014
29 April 2013: Latest HPR: Laboratory-confirmed cases of pertussis 2012 Q4 and 2012 Annual