On time immunisation is the best protection.
Look out for symptoms: particularly severe coughing episodes with the cough ending in either a gasp ('whoop' sound), vomiting, choking, or stopped breathing
Visit your doctor if you think that your child has whooping cough. If you are able to - record the sound of the cough and give this to your doctor. This can be done through many mobile phones. This can be very helpful for the diagnosis of whooping cough.
If you have flu or cold like symptoms - keep away from newborns.
Whooping Cough Outbreak 2012- 2013
Auckland Regional Public Health Service can confirm that from 1 January 2012 until 8th November 2013, there have been 1,551 notified cases of whooping cough (made up of 877 cases for 2012 and 674 for 2013 so far). These figures are updated on a regular basis.
Whooping cough immunisation during pregnancy helps protect the newborn baby from pertussis while its own immune system develops. This immunisation is available from your family doctor. The immunisation is funded for pregnant women between 28-38 weeks gestation. For more information contact your family doctor or midwife.
Children and young people up to the age of 18 are eligible for a free catch up vaccine if they have missed any of their scheduled doses. See your family doctor to arrange this.
Health Professional Advice
Information for Cases and Contacts
Information for Schools
Information for Early Childhood Education Centers (ECECs)
Whooping Cough Poster
Whooping Cough Videos and Sound Files
A mother's story http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/whooping-cough-videos#Whooping_cough_-_a_mother-s_story
(kidshealth / Immunisation Advisory Centre / Ministry of Health).
Baby Mackenzie was hospitalised with whooping cough in Wellington early 2012. The mother talks about the experience, including the fact that they're pretty sure her partner gave Mackenzie whooping cough. She heard about the booster in antenatal classes and said to her partner that he should have the booster. They subsequently forgot about it but she now says if she'd realised what could happen, both of them would have had the booster.
A baby's struggle http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/whooping-cough-videos#Whooping_cough_-_a_baby-s_struggle
(Waikato District Health Board production)
The video shows three-week-old Sativah Illingworth struggling for each breath, having mucus suctioned from her lungs and being winded as she gasps for air. Her mother wanted to share their story to illustrate the dangers of whooping cough and the importance of immunisation to protect young babies.
Sound files of Whooping Cough in children and adults, available Here
Parents of Kids with infectious Diseases (PKIDs) website that includes sound files Here