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Do I need the whooping cough vaccine to see my grandchild?

Page last updated 16 June 2020

Did you know that babies who get whooping cough often get it from a family member?

Young babies are at risk of whooping cough because they are too young to have their vaccinations, and whooping cough is most severe in very young infants.

Those spending time with newborns can help protect them from whooping cough by making sure their vaccinations are up to date. Immunity to whooping cough wanes over time so boosters for adults are recommended. Talk to your healthcare professional for more information.

Sources & Citations

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Grandparents Can Help Protect Against Whooping Cough with Tdap Vaccine. Available at (accessed 21 May 2020).

MAT-AU-2000013  - Date of preparation June 2020