Behind The News - 16 October 2012

News that the UK government has begun offering pertussis vaccine to pregnant women has reignited debate about what Australia should do as states abandon or scale back cocooning programs. Some experts are in favour of an antenatal program in Australia, emphasising it should be a national initiative rather than state-based.Others say there is little data to justify it and the epidemic is now waning.

Professor Terry Nolan
Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation