Free Pertussis Vaccine Program

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
As of 1 June 2015 the Department of Health & Human Services is funding pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation. This provides two-for-one protection with the mother passing antibodies to the baby

The following groups are eligible for FREE whooping cough vaccine from 1 June 2015:

  • 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 ten years
  • parents/guardians of babies born on or after 1 June 2015, if their baby is under six months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the last ten years.

The  greatest  risk  of  pertussis  infection and severe consequences is before infants  are  old  enough to have received at least 2 vaccine doses. Around one in 200 infants under 6 months of age who are infected will die. Infants are best  protected  by  vaccinating  their  mothers  during pregnancy.

Please give Active Health Portland a call on (03) 5522 1200 to arrange your free immunisation.