Plea to continue pertussis booster program

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said it seemed illogical to pull the programs.

“How about we keep the programs running until we get something better?” he said.

Parents of infants who died from pertussis are lobbying state governments to continue with the free vaccine after Victoria announced its scheme would end in June.

In an open letter, Toni McCaffery, the mother of baby Dana McCaffery who died from pertussis in 2009, said it was a hasty decision.

“There is no evidence that cocooning is not effective. It is too early to make that call,” she said.