# We checked with the doctor's surgery and were told that my blood test was all clear but then I got a letter today from Public Health England saying that I have been diagnosed with whooping cough.

Erm, excuse me?

We double checked and it appears that the doctor wasn't sent the full results. There is obviously a process in place, however, to automatically notify PHE about certain infectious diseases.

I didn't realise that the childhood vaccinations for whooping cough can wear off after a number of years. I always thought it was a childhood disease that had been largely eradicated.

So now we know.

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