Cocooning program abandoned as pertussis epidemic wanes

As of 1 July, the campaign aiming to protect newborns by vaccinating carers has been scaled back. New mothers in NSW can get the vaccine in maternity units or from their GP within two weeks of giving birth.

The NSW director of health protection Dr Jeremy ­McAnulty said although the evidence was not available yet, vaccinating new mothers was most likely to be effective in protecting their baby if given before pregnancy or soon after birth.

Qld Health confirmed its free program for parents and grandparents of babies under six months would cease on 30 June