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Free whooping cough vaccine

General
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Protect your baby by protecting yourself with a free whooping cough vaccine.

The free parent whooping cough vaccination program commenced on June 1

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly infectious disease that can cause a severe, persistent cough. In young babies the prolonged cough is often followed by periods of being unable to breathe and/or vomiting. Coughing can be followed by a 'whooping' sound as the baby struggles to draw in air.

Whooping cough is spread by coughs and sneezes of an infected person. Around one in every 200 babies under six months of age who catches whooping cough will die.

Who is eligible for the free vaccine from June 1?

The following people living in Victoria are eligible to receive the free vaccine:

  • Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy
  • Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years
  • Parent/guardians of babies born on or after June  1 2015, if their baby is under six months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years.

For people in close contact with newborn babies (for example, other people who live in the house with your baby, relatives, childcare workers) the vaccine is recommended once every 10 years. This vaccine, however, may not be free.

If you need a whooping cough vaccination please call us here at the South West Medical Centre to make an appointment, book online via downloading our Aappointuit app or via the pink 'make an appointment' tab on our home page.