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How often is the whooping cough vaccine given?

Page last updated 04 July 2022

The whooping cough vaccine is effective, but protection against whooping cough after vaccination reduces over time.

If you are unsure whether you or your child needs to be immunised against whooping cough, visit your GP to find out when you were last immunised. 

Vaccination against whooping cough is available through the National Immunisation Program for the following groups of people.

Babies and young children:

  • the vaccine is given at 2, 4, 6, 18 months and 4 years of age


  • a booster dose is given through school programs at 12 to 13 years of age. 
  • Adolescents who missed the school vaccination may be able to see their doctor to get the free vaccine. 


  • pregnant women between mid-2nd trimester and early 3rd trimester (between 20 and 32 weeks gestation) of each pregnancy. Vaccination during pregnancy protects the newborn, especially in the first 6 weeks of life, via antibodies that cross the placenta. 

Talk to your doctor about whooping cough prevention.

Sources & Citations

1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Pertussis (whooping cough). Available at: (accessed 28 March 2022).

4. NCIRS. Pertussis factsheet. Available at: (accessed 28 March 2022).

MAT-AU-2200966  Date of preparation  June 2022