Whooping cough: A parent’s story

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

April 13th, 2012

Editorial Board

‘The Darche family lost their daughter, Lore, to whooping cough just 83 days after her birth. Now they are working to raise awareness of the disease so other parents need not repeat their tragedy.’

Mr-DarcheDanny Darche said that despite awareness campaigns launched by health authorities in 2009 and 2010, nobody seemed to be aware of the threat of whooping cough.

A letter had been sent to doctors about cocoon vaccination, which involves giving booster jabs to mothers and family members, but this information never reached Danny or his wife.

They have set up a website as part of their efforts to launch a pertussis/whooping cough awareness campaign. “Today, we are raising awareness about pertussis because it is unacceptable for children to die from this disease in the 21st century.”

Mr Darche was speaking to Vaccines Today at a conference on immunisation policy hosted by Fondation Merieux.


  1. James Thomas

    James Thomas

    June 24th, 2012

    Where can I get the vaccine?


    • Gary Finnegan

      Gary Finnegan

      June 25th, 2012

      Hi James,
      The best thing to do is to discuss this with your doctor.

  2. Matjaz


    July 24th, 2012

    Official regulations in Slovenia require all health personnel in contact with newborns & babies to receive pertussis vaccine every 2 years. How is this managed in other countries?

    • Gary Finnegan

      Gary Finnegan

      July 24th, 2012

      Interesting question. We discussed this in a recent video interview with experts from WHO Europe and the American Medical Association. It seems that while the US is moving towards recommending that all health workers be vaccinated, there is variation across Europe. In this accompanying article, a doctor from the UK suggests that vaccination uptake in general is mixed among doctors but that those working with children have much higher rates.
      Are you happy with the regulations in Slovenia?

  3. christine williams

    christine williams

    July 31st, 2012

    I have tried unsuccessfully to obtain information from our GPs surgery regarding Whooping cough booster jabs for adult family members.Does anyone know of a private clinic.