The number of whooping cough cases in young children has prompted the introduction of a new booster jab.
The NSW Vaccine Centre has begun sending the vaccine to doctors, and all children born after October 1, 2014, will be required to have it from April this year, on top of jabs at two, four and six months.
There have been more than 2,300 cases of the disease so far this year, which is more than double compared to the same period last year.
The extra vaccination will be added to the national immunisation schedule for toddlers who are 18-months-old.
“This is due to waning immunity following primary immunisation and an increase in the number of infections in the two to nine age group in recent years.
Introduction of the booster dose at 18 months on the NIP is intended to lead to a reduction in cases of whooping cough in the 18 month to four year old age group.”
“Parents are advised to ring the (medical) practice in advance to ensure that the vaccines have arrived,” NSW Health said.
It will be for babies born from October 2014.
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