Vaccinations for older people Three common but potentially dangerous diseases that older people should be vaccinated against are influenza, pneumococcal disease and shingles (herpes zoster); diphtheria and tetanus boosters may also be needed.
Whooping cough Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious bacterial infection that can affect children, especially those under 1, but it can be prevented with vaccination.
Whooping cough rising in vaccinated children Whooping cough (pertussis) is being increasingly seen in vaccinated primary school-aged children, experts say, suggesting a risk to younger siblings and a need for booster vaccination at age 18 months.
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