Changes antenatal pertussis vaccination

8th April 2019

Changes to the Australian Immunisation Handbook have been made in regard to the optimal timing for antenatal pertussis vaccination


After reviewing the evidence for antibody transmission during pregnancy, the optimal timing has been revised to provide a longer time-window for pregnant women to be vaccinated. Optimal timing for vaccination is between 20 and 32 weeks (previously 28-32 weeks).

All pregnant women are recommended to have a single dose of pertussis vaccine in every pregnancy, including pregnancies that are closely spaced, to provide maximal protection to every infant. 

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