Vaccinate yourself and your family today:

Ensure your partner, family, friends and anyone else who will be in close contact with your newborn are vaccinated against whooping cough.

  • Babies are at greatest risk from whooping cough in their first months of life.1-3
  • Parents and close family pass on over 70% of infant cases. Infected family members may give whooping cough to a newborn baby without even knowing, because the symptoms of the disease are difficult to identify in adults.4-6
  • Immunity to whooping cough reduces over time. Anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or received a booster in the past 10 years poses a risk to infants too young to be fully immunised.7,8
  • The booster can be given earlier than the 10-year mark. Being up to date with your vaccination is especially important for all adults who are around babies. If you are caring for babies, check with your healthcare professional about what's best for your situation.9

If you are pregnant:

  • Talk to your healthcare professional about getting a booster to help protect your baby. Boostrix is free for pregnant women from 28 to 38 weeks gestation and is recommended by the NZ Ministry of Health Immunisation Handbook in every pregnancy.2
  • Check that all other adults who will be in close contact with your newborn have had their booster vaccination as recommended (but not funded) by the Ministry of Health Immunisation Handbook.2

If you have had a baby in the last 5 months:

  • Use the vaccination reminders available on this website to give to your family, whanau and friends to help you protect your baby. Their immunity to whooping cough may have waned, meaning they’re at risk of catching it and passing it on.2,5,7

Who needs to know about whooping cough vaccination?

Everybody who will be in close contact with your newborn. For example:

Grandparents are key support people for new parents – but their immunity to whooping cough may have waned. That puts them at risk of catching and passing on whooping cough.2,5,7

Dad is likely to have low immunity to whooping cough if he hasn't been vaccinated in the last 10 years – so get him in for a booster to protect him and your baby.2,7

Friends and other family members are a great support when baby arrives – but with whooping cough always in your community, it’s best to encourage them to get immunised.1,2,5,10

Ask at your childcare centre if all staff are vaccinated against whooping cough – keeping both them and the children they care for safe from whooping cough is important.2