Posted on October 03, 2012

Combating child illness in the womb

As soon as they are born, parents we worry about their children. From day one there will always be something to panic about, from them falling over and hurting themselves to them becoming ill. Certainly the vulnerable first few months are crucial in order to keep newborn safe. No matter how careful we are, sometimes it is not enough and there are some conditions that are very dangerous and difficult to protect against. One such condition is whooping cough, which is a very serious condition that can only be inoculated against after a certain time after a child is born. This means the first few months of a child's life are very delicate. There are now steps to try and introduce a defence against whooping cough before a child is born and while still in the mother's womb. By giving the mother a dose of vaccination during her final trimester, it is hoped that the immune system of the mother will have a boost that in turn will be transferred to the unborn child via the placenta. The prompting of this step is primarily due to the recent increase of cases of the illness over the last 12 months, which has seen a sharp increase in cases of children less than two months old displaying symptoms. Given the rise in the number of cases, it has been decided that the program to inoculate unborn babies while still in the womb will continue to run indefinitely and will be closely monitored by both the MHRA and HPA.  
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