A leading doctor from Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals is encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against whooping cough.

Dr John Clark, a consultant microbiologist and the trust’s lead doctor for infection prevention and control, said: "Whooping cough is an unpleasant illness for anyone but it’s particularly dangerous for young infants. 

"It’s therefore vital that they are protected as soon as possible."

To find out more about the vaccination, pregnant women should contact their GP or speak to their midwife.