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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

​October 2017 - Saskatchewan is currently experiencing increased pertussis activity resulting in hospitalization of infants who are either too young to be immunized or who are under-immunized with a pertussis-containing vaccine.  As a result, the following recommendations are in place:

  • all pregnant women should be offered a dose of Tdap vaccine irrespective of any previous doses given prior to their current pregnancy;

  • Tdap vaccine is available to healthcare providers of pregnant women;

  • pre-book infants first immunization appointment to avoid delays;

  • all household contacts of newborns should assess their pertussis immunization status (ideally before the baby is born) and bring immunization up to date if eligible for an adult Tdap dose.

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Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria spread by direct contact with droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person. The bacteria spreads easily when people are in close contact in households, classrooms and childcare centres.

Vaccination is available to:

  • Children at two, four, six, and 18 months of age, and again between four to six years of age
  • Children in Grade 8
  • Pregnant women after 26 weeks of pregnancy
  • Adults when they are due for their 10-year tetanus and diptheria booster
  • Adult caregivers of infants less than 6 months old who have not received an dose of tetanus, diptheria and pertussis booster as an adult.

Find immunization locations at Child Health Clinics for those children who may be behind in their immunizations.  Adults who are eligible for funded Tdap vaccine and unable to attend the drop-in clinics, contact the International Travel Centre to book an appointment. 

Find more information on Immunization Coalition website.



Last Modified: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 |
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