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Date of Approval: November 2017 AUS/OTH/0052/17

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

What is whooping cough?

- A highly contagious bacterial infection

- Spreads quickly via coughing, sneezing or direct contact with fluid from the nose

- In older adults, it can cause pneumonia, fainting, urinary incontinence and hospitalisation

The information displayed on this site is not designed to replace the advice of your doctor.

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Whooping Cough Patient Story

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

Whooping cough in older adults

Learn why older adults are more vulnerable to whooping cough than younger adults

The good news about whooping cough

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

What is whooping cough?

Learn what causes whooping cough and why it’s important to take the infection seriously


Underdiagnosis of whooping cough in adults over 65

Dr Brian Jarvie is a Sydney-based Respiratory & Sleep Medicine specialist with decades of 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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