Pertussis plan: give vaccine in pregnancy

The Australian Immunisation Handbook suggests vaccination in the third trimester as an alternative to pre-pregnancy or postpartum vaccination.

Pregnant women in the US are routinely offered a booster and new data expected from its program could change the Australian emphasis, an expert believes.

A study by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) suggests such a move would be acceptable to mothers, if backed by GPs.

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