Whooping cough vax rates in adults concerning

FEW Australian adults have had a booster dose of whooping cough vaccine, according to new research, despite the recent epidemic.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) vaccination survey showed that only one in nine Australians aged 18 years and over had ever received a pertussis vaccination as an adult or adolescent.

However, 45% of those vaccinations had been received during 2009.

Pertussis vaccine coverage was 43% among the 'at-risk' group, which included parents of young infants, adults working with young children and healthcare workers.

Adult vaccination against whooping cough