Pertussis vax to protect earlier

The 10th edition recommends the first dose of DTPa-containing vaccines be given at six weeks, down from two months of age.

Similarly, an additional dose of pertussis vaccine can be given at 18 months if parents want to minimise the risk of pertussis infection, though it is not included in the National Immunisation Program schedule, and does not replace the booster dose at four years.

A booster vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox has also been brought forward, with one dose of the MMRV vaccine at 18 months protecting against