Pertussis (whooping cough) immunisation information for public health professionals, including updates.
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Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease that is usually caused by Bordetella pertussis. A similar illness is caused by B. parapertussis, but this is not preventable with presently available vaccines.
The complete immunisation schedule detailing when to give doses is available.
Published: 20 March 2013
Updated: 7 April 2016
- Updated to incorporate recent JCVI advice that maternal vaccination can now be given earlier, starting from gestational weeks 16.
- Revised chapter on whooping cough immunisation, part of 'Immunisation against infectious disease' (the Green Book).
- This chapter has been substantially rewritten to bring it into line with current information, policies and procedures.
- Updated the Body text to include a link to National Archives (chapter update patches) and NHS Choices.
- First published.