Pregnant women are to be vaccinated against whooping cough from Monday following the biggest outbreak of the illness for two decades.
Nine children under the age of three months have died in England this year, along with one in Northern Ireland, as result of the infectious disease.
There have been 4,791 confirmed cases in England and Wales between January and August - four times more than the total figure for 2011, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.
Newborn babies cannot receive the jab until they are two months old.
But vaccinating their mothers before they are born will boost their immunity until they reach the age they can get the injection themselves, health officials have announced.
More top news
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have promised 'uplifting moments', 'some magic' and 'dancing styles' on their first tour for two decades.
Another freezing, frosty and icy night ahead but this will be followed by a dry and sunny day for most tomorrow.
Phone hacking was "rife" at the Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers and the People by mid-1999 at the latest, the High Court has heard.