Whooping cough vaccinations

July 27, 2015

Armadale Health Service was made aware of a patient with confirmed whooping cough (pertussis) who recently attended the antenatal clinic.

The health service has been working collaboratively with the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit in taking the necessary precautions by advising known contacts (staff and patients) of the signs and symptoms of whooping cough. All women who attended this clinic and were possibly exposed to whooping cough have been contacted.

Pregnant women in their third trimester are able to access a free whooping cough vaccination. The optimal time for pertussis vaccination is between 28 to 32 weeks of pregnancy, but the vaccine may be given at any time during the third trimester.

Women accessing antenatal care at Armadale Health Service will be offered their vaccination at their routine antenatal appointment with the GP Obstetrician at the hospital. Alternatively, you can see your regular GP to receive your free vaccination.

Children and adults are encouraged to be fully immunised to prevent the spread of whooping cough.

More information about whooping cough can be found on the Healthy WA website (external link).