Katy Gallagher has announced an extension of the free whooping cough vaccination program for parents and eligible grandparents which will now run to the end of 2010.
“The main objective of the targeted vaccination program is to protect infants who are too young to be immunised against pertussis as they are the most likely to suffer serious complications from the disease.
“Most babies catch pertussis from their parents or close care givers, such as grandparents. Parents and grandparents are urged to see their GP to obtain this free vaccine as this will help protect their young babies during a vulnerable time.
“Unlike some diseases, immunity from pertussis is not transferred by breast feeding,” Ms Gallagher said.
15,000 doses have already been administered under the program, now you’ve got another six months to take advantage of it.