18-month pertussis booster ready to roll in March

The pertussis booster has been reintroduced to the national immunisation program for children at 18 months of age after a spate of new whooping cough infections among older children.

The booster dose complements pertussis vaccines given at two, four and six months, with booster doses given at four years and 10 to 15 years. Supplies of the vaccine will be available from March.