WHOOPING COUGH VACCINATION
Protect yourself from Whooping Cough by getting your vaccination at Paddington Central Pharmacy.
A specially trained Pharmacist will administer the Whooping cough vaccination. No prescription is required and appointments take only a few minutes. All that is required is that you complete a consent form (In store), and go through the pre-vaccination checklist with the Pharmacist in Charge in which you will be asked about your existing health conditions and any previous adverse reactions you may have had. Please call beforehand to make sure we have sufficient staff required to undertake your vaccination.
Please be aware you will need to remain in store for a further 15 minutes observation period.
What is Whooping Cough?
Whooping Cough (pertussis) is an extremely contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The disease causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting, which can last for several months and can be particularly dangerous for babies under the age of 12 months.
Babies are at greatest risk of contracting whooping cough until they have had at least two doses of the vaccine (aged four months), as their mother’s antibodies do not provide reliable protection. About one in 200 infants under the age of six months who contract whooping cough will die from pneumonia or brain damage.
Increasing vaccination coverage has dramatically reduced the incidence of whooping cough among Australian children. However, it remains a highly infectious and dangerous disease. In a household where someone has whooping cough, an estimated 80-90% of the unimmunised contacts of that person will acquire the disease.
Whooping cough is spread through respiratory droplets, which can be transmitted in the air through coughing or sneezing, or from close contact with an infected person. It takes between seven and 20 days after infection for the symptoms of whooping cough to appear. The disease begins like a cold, before the characteristic “whooping” cough develops. This cough may persist for several months, and lead to sleep disturbance and significant weight loss. Severe complications, which occur almost exclusively in unvaccinated people, include pneumonia (lung infection) and hypoxic encephalopathy (lack of oxygen to the brain).
The best protection for babies is for their family members and close assosiates to have had the vaccination. Parents, grand-parents, expectant parents, other family members, childcare and healthcare workers and anyone who will be in contact with babies should be vaccinated.
*Some patients may be eligible for a free vaccine from your General Practitioner - please speak to your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible. Pharmacist Vaccinations available for patients ages 18 or over. Some people may not be eligible for the Whooping cough vaccine, and will be referred to their doctor. This service involves a fee.