Mother and young daughter at home
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When Riley left this world, it left us devastated and heart broken.

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During my pregnancy at that time the vaccine wasn’t offered to me.

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Getting vaccinated during pregnancy reduces the chance of a newborn contracting whooping cough by around 90%.

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Babies under six weeks of age are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough. By getting vaccinated when pregnant, you pass on anti-bodies to your baby, protecting them in the first few months of life.

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Vaccination during pregnancy is safe and recommended for all pregnant women in Australia.

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Protecting your baby when they are too young to get vaccinated themselves is so important.

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Ask your doctor, specialist, nurse or midwife today, or visit

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Authorised by the Australian Government Canberra.

Date published: 
29 March 2019
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The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination is free and recommended for pregnant women between 20 and 32 weeks in each pregnancy. Receiving the pertussis vaccination during pregnancy is safe and protects babies from pertussis and its complications including brain damage, pneumonia and sometimes death.