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

Page last updated 12 October 2018

Did you know that babies who get whooping cough usually 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 more 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. Speak with your healthcare professional for more information.

Sources & Citations

  1. NSW Government. Department of Health. Whooping cough (Pertussis) fact sheet. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).
  2. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Chapter 4.12 Pertussis. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).
  3. CDC. Grandparents Can Help Protect Against Whooping Cough with Tdap Vaccine. Available at (accessed 25 June 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0200a - Date of preparation May 2018