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Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough/Pertussis (Tdap) - (Boostrix)

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:

  • work with young children and vulnerable people
  • live with a newborn baby
  • are at higher risk of severe illness from whooping cough (for example those with chronic respiratory disease).
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Free tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough vaccine (Boostrix) are offered:

  • from 13 weeks of every pregnancy (consider booking Boostrix between 16 and 26 weeks of pregnancy as this is when the vaccine is most effective)
  • for some people aged 45 years old (if they have received fewer than four tetanus doses in their life-time)
  • for everyone from 65 years old if it has been more than 10 years since a previous dose of tetanus and diptheria vaccine. If you have already had a free tetanus and diphtheria vaccine from age 65, you will not be eligible for a free Boostrix vaccine.

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.