Vaccination against whooping cough

Vaccination against whooping cough (pertussis) during pregnancy is safe and important because maternal antibodies to pertussis give protection to premature and full-term infants before they can receive their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age. Vaccination against whooping cough (pertussis) is free for pregnant women who are between 28 to 38 weeks gestation. This likely to change from 1 July 2019, where all pregnant women would be eligible to receive the vaccination at any point during their pregnancy.

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