Call to fund pertussis boosters in pregnancy

Australia will see more outbreaks of whooping cough unless more aggressive cocooning policies including funding of pertussis booster vaccinations for pregnant women are adopted, a paediatrician says.

Dr Tom Snelling of the Telethon Institute says new research supports a switch to routine pertussis vaccination for women during pregnancy rather than afterwards.

Speaking today at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases conference ( ) in Adelaide, Dr Snelling said pertussis rates