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How often is the whooping cough vaccine given?

Page last updated 12 May 2020

The whooping cough vaccine is effective, but protection against whooping cough after vaccination reduces over time.

If you are unsure whether you or your child needs to be immunised against whooping cough, visit your GP to find out when you were last immunised. 

The Australian Government recommends the following schedule (National Immunisation Program Schedule) for vaccination against whooping cough: 

Babies and young children:

  • the vaccine is given at 2, 4, 6, 18 months and 4 years of age



  • a booster dose is given through school programs at 10 to 15 years of age. the age of when you receive the vaccine varies by state and territory
  • Adolescents who missed the school vaccination may be able to see their doctor to get the free vaccine. 



  • pregnant women between mid 2nd trimester and early 3rd trimester (between 20 and 32 weeks gestation) of each pregnancy. Vaccination during pregnancy protects the newborn, especially in the first 6 weeks of life, via antibodies that cross the placenta.3  The vaccine is free from the government.


Talk to your doctor about whooping cough prevention.

Sources & Citations

3. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Pertussis (whooping cough). Available at: (accessed 25 March 2020).

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pertussis frequently asked questions. Available at: (accessed 25 March).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0136(1)a - Date of preparation May 2020