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If you’re an adult, do you need to get the whooping cough vaccine?

Page last updated 12 May 2020

The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends vaccination for adults, including those in special risk groups, or contact with a special risk group. Adults that have an increased risk of whooping cough include:

Pregnant women

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

Healthcare and childcare workers, and anyone in contact with infants, including grandparents and fathers

  • to protect infants and vulnerable people around them – check with your doctor about your immunisation status

Adults aged 65 years and over

  • the vaccine is recommended if you have not received one in the previous 10 years. 

Talk to your doctor about whooping cough prevention. 

Sources & Citations

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

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