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  • Writer's pictureAnna Rew

Whooping Cough Vaccination

  • The whooping cough booster immunisation is so important for infant protection that pregnant women are recommended to have one in every pregnancy.

  • It always comes combined with tetanus and diphtheria immunisations (Boostrix®), and it doesn’t matter how recently a pregnant woman had her last tetanus/ diphtheria or whooping cough immunisation.

  • Babies less than 12 months of age, particularly those less than six months of age, have the highest risk of hospitalisation and death from whooping cough.

  • Although they receive immunisations against whooping cough at six weeks, three months and five months of age, they don’t develop the best protection until after they have completed the third dose.

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