Whooping Cough Vaccination

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What is Whooping Cough?

It is a viral bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis. When bacteria react with the lungs and airways, it causes an uncontrollable and violent cough, making it difficult for the person to breathe. The cough usually has a distinctive ‘whooping’ sound.  If whooping cough worsens, it can cause serious health illnesses such as pneumonia, brain damage and even death. 

Getting a whooping cough vaccination is a safe and effective method in preventing this disease. It is effective at defending against any contact with whooping cough as well as reducing the spread of the disease.  


Whooping cough symptoms include:

  • Blocked or runny nose 
  • Sneezing 
  • Raised temperature 
  • Uncontrollable and violent ‘whoop’ sound coughs
  • Vomiting after coughing 

Who is at most risk of whooping cough?

Demographics who are most at risk of whooping cough include:

  • Babies less than six months 
  • People living with someone with whooping cough 
  • People who have not had a whooping cough vaccination in the last 10 years.

However, it is recommended that everyone receive a whooping cough vaccination as it can affect anyone at any age. 

Do I need a prescription to get the whooping cough vaccine?

No, you do not need a prescription.


The pharmacist will ask you to remain in the pharmacy for 15 minutes after being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions and to answer any questions. The pharmacist will also recommend drinking plenty of fluids and resting.

If you would like to know more about our Vaccination services, please submit your information below and our friendly team will be in contact. Alternatively contact your local Simply Pharmacy for more details


Source: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/whooping-cough-pertussis

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