Pertussis vax in late pregnancy

WA Health said it is continuing to assess the evidence for the effectiveness of pertussis vaccination in pregnant women and “is actively considering implementing such a strategy”, while NSW Health and SA Health said they would closely monitor the Queensland program.

The Tasmanian health dep­artment said it would consider the option if the threat of a pertussis epidemic emerged. It said it had already issued a recommendation to GPs to consider offering the vaccine in the third trimester.

Announced as part of a new state vaccination strategy last week, the Queensland initiative will cost up to $1