Ministry of HealthFriday 24 September 2010, 2:31PM
Media release from Ministry of Health
The following comments may be attributed to:
David Wansbrough, Manager Immunisation, Ministry of Health
Recent media stories about whooping cough (pertussis) were
mistakenly based on information which is significantly
The media stories appear to be based on a six-year old Ministry of
Health press statement, which can be seen here: www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/pagesmh/3433?Open.
These stories include numerous verbatim quotes from that 2004
media release, and also cite old data as if they were
The stories say the number of whooping cough cases "spiked in
August" with "more than 350" reported cases - which was in fact
correct for August 2004. In August 2010 there were 79
reported cases in New Zealand, down from 110 in August 2009.
The cumulative number of cases reported to the end of August 2010
was 621 - nearly 250 fewer cases than were reported in the
equivalent period last year.
Immunisation for whooping cough is free for children.