We’re asking all adults in regular contact with babies to seriously consider getting immunised against whooping cough.
“While children are at greatest risk from this dangerous and sometimes fatal disease, it’s adults who are the most common source of whooping cough infection in young babies,” said Council immunisation nurse Anne Kenny.
Parents, grandparents and carers of babies should be immunised every 10 years against whooping cough, but women need to be immunised during each pregnancy to help protect their babies during the first weeks of life.
Babies do not have adequate protection from whooping cough until they have had their third dose of the vaccine at six months of age.
Surrey Downs mum Sarah Maynard (pictured) was on the ball when it came to protecting her young family from whooping cough, insisting that everyone in the family from aunties and uncles through to great grandparents get immunised.
“I just didn’t want them to get sick,” said Sarah. “I try to protect my kids as much as possible.”
Sarah and her baby Hayley and son Thomas, along with other family members, were immunised at the Tea Tree Gully Council immunisation clinic at the Civic Centre, Modbury.
“Everyone's lovely… anything I need to ask I can just ask,” said Sarah.
The clinic offers the whooping cough vaccine free to pregnant women from 28 weeks and is available through the National Immunisation Program for children up to 19 years of age. It is also available to the public for $50.
The clinic also offers the full range of vaccinations for children outlined on the National Immunisation Program.
Immunisation clinic hours