Persistent cough means pertussis for one in five UK schoolchildren

One-fifth of UK primary school children who presented to primary care clinics in 2010-12 with persistent cough had pertussis, also known as whooping cough, a new study shows.

Researchers at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences examined 279 children aged five to fifteen years who presented with persistent cough of two to eight weeks’ duration.

They found 56 (20%) had evidence of recent pertussis infection. Of this number, 39 had been fully vaccinated.

Read more at Oxford University