Free whooping cough vaccines will no longer be offered to pregnant women in New South Wales Australia.
Government should cough up for free vaccine Sydney Morning Herald Kirsty Needham July 14, 2013
New mothers will no longer be offered a free whooping cough vaccine the next time they see their GP in the frantic few weeks after bringing baby home. Instead, they have been told to fork out between $40 and $200 and organise their own immunisation before they get pregnant, or in the third trimester of their pregnancy.
In 2012, the NSW government axed the free vaccine for grandparents, fathers and carers.
This year, whooping cough cases are down – averaging 200 a month in NSW. From this week, women will be largely on their own, with vaccinations offered in NSW public hospital maternity units now described as a ”safety net” only. Health Minister Jillian Skinner says axing most free adult whooping cough vaccines is not a budget issue. The state’s chief health officer Kerry Chant claims telling women to vaccinate before or during pregnancy is ”strengthening the response”.
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