New Zealand is in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, causes a severe cough, and is especially serious for young babies and infants. Severe cases need hospital admission, oxygen, sometimes ventilation support.
We recommend you consider having a booster of pertussis vaccine if you come into contact with young children.
Women who are pregnant should also discuss immunisation with one of our GPs or practice nurses. Immunisation while pregnant is safe and transfers immunity to the unborn child via the placenta, helping to prevent your baby getting pertussis.