Whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a serious infection that causes long bouts of coughing and choking, making it hard to breathe. Young babies with whooping cough are often very unwell and most will be admitted to hospital because of their illness. When whooping cough is particularly severe, they can die.

Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant. If for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour.

Whooping cough vaccine is offered at your GP surgery and antenatal clinic and is given as a single injection into the arm.

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