Whooping cough can be very serious for babies and children – especially those under 1 year old. If babies catch whooping cough, they may not be able to feed or breathe properly, may become so ill they need to go to hospital and/or could end up with serious complications such as pneumonia and brain damage.
Multiple whooping cough vaccinations are needed to protect you throughout your life.
Certain adults are recommended to have a whooping cough booster at least every 10 years. This includes people who:
Free tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough vaccine (Boostrix) are offered:
If you’re not eligible for a free whooping cough booster, they can be purchased. We can give you advice on how often it’s recommended you have a booster.