Whooping Cough brochure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons

Everyone can get whooping cough

Page last updated: 20 April 2015

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Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

1. Protect Your Baby

  • Protect your baby
    • Keep your baby away from people coughing until your baby has had all their whooping cough needles.
    • Have your baby vaccinated from 6 weeks, then at 4 and 6 months old.
    • If your baby’s vaccines are late, speak to your Health Carer.
    • Watch your baby even after they have been vaccinated.
    • Your baby’s needles are free.
  • Older Kids
    • Older vaccinated kids can still get whooping cough and spread it.
    • Older kids should have a booster injection when they are 4 and 13 years old.
    • Check what vaccinations your child has had with your health carer or ring the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.
  • Adults
    • Adults can get whooping cough and pass it to your baby.
    • You and all members of your family can have a booster needle.
    • You can get your injections from your health carer, Aboriginal Health Medical Service, community health centre or council clinic.

2. Look Out

  • What are the symptoms?
    • It’s like a cold with a blocked or runny nose, mild fever and a cough.
    • Coughing can get bad and cause vomiting, choking or problems breathing.
    • Some babies don’t cough but stop breathing and turn blue.
    • Older kids and adults may only cough a bit.

3. Stop the Spread

  • Stop the spread
    • Whooping cough spreads fast.
    • If you feel sick, see your health carer as soon as possible.
    • Keep sick people and children away from your baby.
    • If you have whooping cough, your health carer can give you antibiotics.
    • If you, your baby or anyone in your family has whooping cough they need to stay home and other people need to stay away.

Whooping Cough is a Serious Coughing Disease

Babies can die from it

Older kids and adults who get whooping cough can pass it on to other people and babies

Your baby’s needles are free!


  • Everyone can get whooping cough and babies can die from it.
  • Keep people with a cough away from your baby.
  • Make sure your baby has the whooping cough needle at 2, 4 and 6 months old. Your baby can have the first dose at 6 weeks old.
  • Older kids should have a booster needle when they are 4 and 13 years old.
  • Adults can also have a booster needle.
  • The vaccinations are free for your baby.

Stop the spread of whooping cough and see your Health Carer straight away if you, your baby or family have a cough!

Where do I go for further information?

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Immunisation Inquiry Line (02) 6205 2300

New South Wales

Contact the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055


Contact the local Public Health Units (look under ‘Health’ in the White Pages) or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) 24 hour health hotline

South Australia

South Australia Immunisation Section 1300 232 272

SA (24-hour) Parent Help-line (Child and Youth Health) 1300 364 100

Northern Territory

(08) 8922 8044


1800 671 738


1300 882 008

Western Australia

(08) 9222 8588


Immunise Australia Program (Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing) (www.immunise.health.gov.au)

National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (www.ncirs.edu.au)

All information in this document is correct as at September 2013.

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