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If you’re an adult, do you need to get the whooping cough vaccine?

Page last updated 04 July 2022

The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends vaccination for adults wishing to reduce their likelihood of illness from whooping cough.

Vaccination is especially recommended for certain risk groups, or those in contact with risk groups, including:

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Healthcare workers
  • Early childcare workers
  • People in close contact with infants
  • Adults aged 65 years and over

Talk to your doctor about whooping cough prevention. 

Sources & Citations

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

MAT-AU-2200966  Date of preparation June 2022