Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination in Pregnancy - Dr Alastair Morris
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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination in Pregnancy

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination in Pregnancy

NSW Health has noted an increasing number of people infected with Whooping cough (Pertussis) over the last few years. Unfortunately neither previous infection nor vaccination lead to lifelong immunity to this infection so booster doses are currently being offered to all pregnant women in NSW in the third trimester – generally around 28 weeks gestation. The vaccine appears safe in pregnancy and giving it around 28 weeks allows enough time for the baby to acquire some of its mothers immunity until it itself can be vaccinated following birth.

The following link leads to the NSW Health web page on this topic:

 

www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/pages/wc-newborns.aspx