'Your child can now be protected', London, England, 1927-1969
A combined vaccine for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus was introduced in the United States in 1946. It was tested in the UK in the early 1950s and subsequently made widely available. From the 1970s there were anxieties that small numbers of children had brain damage as a result, and that parents were not warned. Such anxieties led to a decline in take-up during the 1970s and subsequent epidemics of whooping cough in particular.
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Glossary: whooping cough
An acute highly infectious disease, primarily affecting infants. Whooping cough gets its name from the severe hacking cough followed by intake of breath that sounds like a ‘whoop’. A highly effective vaccine was introduced in the 1940s.
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