Pregnancy - Whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy

The Department of Health have announced that all pregnant women between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy will be offered the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine to protect their babies from whooping cough.

There has been increased incidence of whooping cough in the general population.

Side-effects of the vaccine should be mild and transitory and commonly include soreness at the site of injection and slight fever feelings.

There are no known risks of vaccinating during pregnancy. As the vaccine is administered after 28 weeks of pregnancy it is not associated with foetal malformations.