An elderly woman suffering from the symptoms of whooping cough.

Whooping cough (Pertussis)

If you’re aged 65 years or above. Talk to your doctor about the recommended whooping cough booster vaccination and your risk

Like Flu, Whooping cough can quickly spread

Whooping cough is more infectious than the flu* and can be passed on to others for up to 3 weeks after symptoms first show.

Whooping cough can often cause severe illness in babies and young children, speak to you doctor about how to help protect yourself and those around you.

*The flu is also highly infectious and can cause serious illness in people of all ages.

What are the symptoms of Whooping cough?

A simple line illustration hilighting the throat as the area affected by whooping cough.

It usually begins with an irritating cough

A simple line illustration hilighting the symptom of coughing.

And may gradually develop into repeated bouts of uncontrollable violent coughing that may lead to vomitting.

A graphic that indicates the three month period of time it may take to overcome whooping cough

Coughing can continue for up to 3 months and sleep is often affected

Download this PDF and take it with you to the doctor


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Being diagnosed with whooping cough was a big surprise

Don’t think you’re at risk of whooping cough? Neither did Trish. Watch her story

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Underdiagnosis of whooping cough in adults over 65

Dr. Brian Jarvie is a Sydney-based respiratory & sleep medicine specialist physician with experience treating respiratory diseases such as whooping cough (pertussis). Here he explains why a whooping cough diagnosis can be missed in older adults.

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The good news about whooping cough

Learn what you and your family can do to reduce the chances of whooping cough infection


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