Protect your baby from whooping cough – Free Vaccinations

All Western Australians will have the opportunity to receive a free flu vaccination during the month of June.

Protect your baby from whooping cough. Vaccinate for free when pregnant.

Stop whooping cough in young babies.

Ask about the free vaccine today.

health.gov.au/immunisation

What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a highly infectious bacterial infection that spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It affects the lungs and airways and may cause a person to cough violently and uncontrollably, making it difficult to breathe. People who are not vaccinated are at high risk of catching whooping cough.

What are the symptoms?

  • Whooping cough starts like a cold with a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, fever and an occasional cough.
  • The cough gets worse and severe bouts of uncontrollable coughing develop.
  • Coughing bouts can be followed by vomiting, choking or a ‘whooping’ sound.
  • Some newborns don’t cough at all but can stop breathing and turn blue.

Whooping cough can be serious for babies

  • Whooping cough can cause serious complications including brain damage and pneumonia and sometimes death.
  • Babies under six weeks of age are too young to get vaccinated against whooping cough themselves.
  • Babies do not complete their primary vaccination course against whooping cough until 6 months of age.

Pregnant women can protect their babies from whooping cough

  • The most effective way to protect young babies from whooping cough is for you to be vaccinated during pregnancy.
  • By getting vaccinated, you pass on protective antibodies through the placenta to your baby that protects them in their first few months of life, when they are most vulnerable.
  • Vaccination during pregnancy is very effective – it has been shown to reduce whooping cough disease in babies aged less than 3 months by over 90%.

Timing of vaccination

  • Vaccination is recommended as a single dose between 20 and 32 weeks in each pregnancy.
  • The whooping cough vaccine can be safely given at the same time as an influenza and/or COVID-19 vaccine.

Whooping cough vaccination is safe in pregnancy

  • Studies show no increased risk of complications such as stillbirth for pregnant women or their developing babies following vaccination during pregnancy.
  • Side effects from receiving the whooping cough vaccine are usually mild. Some common side effects can include pain, redness and swelling where the vaccine is given, muscle aches, or fever. However, these side effects are no more common in pregnant women than non-pregnant women.

Download the brochure for more information:

Get in touch with your state or territory health department:

WA 08 9321 1312
ACT 02 5124 9800
SA 1300 232 272
NSW 1300 066 055
TAS 1800 671 738
NT 08 8922 8044
VIC 1300 882 008
QLD 13 HEALTH (13 432 584)

health.gov.au/immunisation

For more resources regarding 2022 influenza vaccination visit the on the Department of Health website.

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