Shortage of whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine in New South Wales, Australia

The increasing number of cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the Hunter region of New South Wales is creating a shortage of the booster vaccine recommended for people who come into close contact with newborn children. So far this year there have been 271 cases of this infection.

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Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of highly contagious pertussis (whooping cough) can occur anywhere in the world at anytime. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to this disease by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations and their current immune status for pertussis are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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