Whooping cough (pertussis)
The best time for women to have a whooping cough vaccination is between 20 to 32 weeks (in their second or third trimester).
Whooping cough is a serious bacterial infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It is also known as pertussis. Whooping cough can be severe or life threatening for small babies.
When a mother has a whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy, it gives her baby much-needed protection against whooping cough at birth.
Having the whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy is safe for both babies and mothers.