20 Feb 2012
Whooping cough is a serious infection that causes a long coughing illness. In babies it can lead to pneumonia and brain damage, and some babies die from whooping cough.
Newborn babies are not immune until they have had their whooping cough vaccines.
Adults and older children can get whooping cough even if they have been immunised as babies, and many babies get whooping cough from their parents or other family members. Getting an extra immunisation (booster) is recommended for new parents, couples planning a pregnancy, grandparents and child care workers, as well as for older children at 4 years and in high school. Whooping cough immunisation can be done by your family doctor, local council or a community health centre.
Australian Government Department of Health and Aging. 'Whooping cough', November 2011
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