Health Warning on Whooping Cough

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We recommend that you check that all members of your household are up to date with their immunisations including children and adults. Whooping cough is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.

An adult whooping cough booster is recommended if you have not had a whooping cough booster if ten years has elapsed since your last dose. Your baby’s first whooping cough vaccination is available when they are two months old.

Use In Pregnancy

Whopping cough is a very serious illness for babies less than 12 months of age. It can lead to severe complications, permanent disability (brain, lung) and death. It is recommended that pregnant women be immunized during the third trimester of pregnancy. The optimal time frame for vaccination is between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. These antibodies will cross the placenta and protect the baby in their first few months of life before he/she is vaccinated. If you haven’t had the vaccine in pregnancy you should have it postpartum. Parents and any other adults who will care for the baby should have a vaccine booster if more than 10 years has elapsed since a previous dose. This should ideally be done at least two weeks prior to beginning contact with the infant.

If you have any questions please discuss it with us or your general practitioner.

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