Whooping Cough


What is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis and can be prevented by immunisation. Whooping cough is spread when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes small droplets containing infectious agents into the air. The droplets in the air may be breathed in by those nearby. (MORE INFORMATION ) This bacteria affects the lungs and airways, causing a person to cough violently and uncontrollably. This can make it hard for the infected person to breathe. Whooping Cough is a serious disease because it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, and sometimes death.


What are the symptoms?

Whooping cough symptoms usually start about 7 – 10 days after catching Whooping Cough and may include:

  • blocked or runny nose
  • sneezing
  • raised temperature
  • uncontrolled bouts of coughing that sound like a ‘whoop’ or are followed by a ‘whooping’ noise
  • vomiting after coughing

Some people develop a distinctive ‘whooping’ sound when they cough, but this does not happen to everyone. Adolescents and adults often do not have a ‘whoop’.

** Reference Australian Government, Department of Health https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/whooping-cough-pertussis


Protect yourself and your family against this disease by getting vaccinated.


Whooping cough is a serious, contagious, respiratory infection caused by bacteria. It is also known as pertussis. It begins like a cold and then may develop into a characteristic cough with a high-pitched ‘whoop’ sound.
The Whooping cough vaccine is only available in combination with diphtheria and tetanus known as Boostrix® or Adacel®. It works by causing the body to produce antibodies against the disease.
The whooping cough vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent whooping cough. By getting vaccinated, you can also protect other people, especially people who are too young to be vaccinated, and help prevent the disease from spreading.

• Adult household contacts and carers of babies under 6 months old

• People who are traveling overseas, if they haven’t had a whooping cough vaccine in the past 10 years

• Adults of any age who need tetanus, diphtheria, or polio dose (you can get a combination vaccine that includes whooping cough to increase protection)

• People aged 65 or over if they have not had a whooping cough vaccine in the past 10 years.
• Children aged 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 18 months, four years, and between 10 and 13 years (at school), are provided vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) at no cost.
• Pregnant women may be eligible to receive a free whooping cough vaccination (if recommended by a General Practitioner/Midwife) through the National Immunisation Program. It is important to note: NOT all Pharmacies are able to provide pregnant women a free whooping cough vaccination (state government legislation varies). For information about whooping cough and receiving a free vaccination please visit your Midwife or General Practitioner.  Not all states and territories are able to provide subsidised vaccinations through a Pharmacy for Pregnant women through the National Immunisation Program. Please consult with your Pharmacist or General Practitioner regarding where you can receive your NIP-funded vaccination. Please use the below website for more information:  https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/about-immunisation/where-can-i-get-immunised

• Healthcare workers, if they have not had a whooping cough vaccine in the past 10 years
• People working in early childhood education and care, if they haven’t had a whooping cough vaccine in the past 10 years

All medications & vaccines can have side effects. Common side effects of the Whooping cough vaccine include fever, redness, soreness or swelling where the injection was given and nausea, headache, tiredness, and aching muscles. This resolves completely within a few days and generally requires no treatment.
The common side effects can be reduced by drinking extra fluids, resting, taking paracetamol as directed by your pharmacist or doctor, and not overdressing if hot. We recommend that you remain in the store, or nearby, for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccination so that the Pharmacist can monitor any reactions, and answer any queries or concerns you may have.
No, a prescription is not required if the pharmacist is administering the vaccine at the pharmacy.

The price is $59.95 which includes the cost of the vaccine and administration.

Some customers may be eligible for a free Whooping Cough vaccination under the National Immunisation Program, please see your pharmacist or doctor for more information. Please note: Some patients may be advised not to have a Whooping Cough vaccination. Please see your pharmacist or doctor for more information.

Yes, the whooping cough vaccine is available in all states.

Terms and Conditions

*Terms and conditions apply. Vaccinations are subject to Pharmacist and vaccine availability. Eligibility criteria may apply: contact your Pharmacist for more information.

  1. Not all vaccinations are available all year or in each Australian State/Territory, and are subject to Pharmacist and vaccine availability.
  2. Customers can walk in and receive their vaccine provided a Pharmacist is available to administer the vaccination.
  3. Age restrictions apply for all vaccinations and may differ for each Australian State/Territory. Contact your local store to enquire whether a vaccine is suitable for you, and for vaccines for anyone under 18 years.
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