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North coast parents are being urged to immunise their children in the wake of a spike in cases of the potentially deadly whooping cough disease, with a staggering 37 cases alone notified in the past week.

Acting director of Public Health, Greg Bell, said the 37 whooping-cough notifications was more than double that of the previous week.

‘Anyone can contract whooping cough, it spreads easily by sneezing and coughing, and can be a life threatening infection for infants,’ Mr Bell said.

Mr Bell said the North Coast experienced a similar spike in whooping cough cases leading into winter last year.

‘Persistent low vaccination levels in some parts of northern NSW is worrying, given that free vaccination is available to all parents,’ he said.

‘Whooping cough vaccination is valuable in preventing severe infection in infants and toddlers, and if unvaccinated children are infected they are at high risk of severe disease.

‘It must be remembered that prior to the NSW government introducing free antenatal whooping cough vaccinations in 2015, four infants had died in the preceding six years.

‘All pregnant women are urged to have the free whooping cough vaccine during their third trimester, preferably at 28 weeks, to provide optimal protection to their infants,’ Mr Bell said.

Public health units (PHUs) actively follow up all whooping-cough cases involving children under five years of age by attempting to contact parents by phone. For patients older than five, the PHU sends either an SMS or letter ‘in an attempt to provide all cases with information relating to whooping cough in a timely manner’.

’Positive health interventions, such as vaccination, in the first five years of a child’s life are vitally important in laying the foundation for a healthy and fulfilling life,’ he said.

Mr Bell said the NSW Immunisation Program provided communities with protection against vaccine preventable diseases across all ages including infants, children, adolescents, healthcare workers and older people.

‘Vaccination is the best way to protect your child and other children in the community from serious diseases such as measles, whooping cough and hepatitis B.

‘Vaccines work best if they are given on time. Even if a child has a runny nose or cold they can still have their vaccines.’

Vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) is recommended for babies aged six to eight weeks, then at four months and six months of age. A booster is recommended at 18 months, again at four years of age and in the first year of high school.

‘Delaying vaccination can increase the risk of your child getting sick,’ Mr Bell said.

‘NSW Health has made it easier for parents to ensure their children are fully immunised on time through its innovative app – Save the Date to Vaccinate.

‘The app allows parents to enter their child’s name and birth date, as well as their General Practitioner’s (GP) contact details. It then calculates the next immunisation due date and sends a series of reminders to prompt the parent to call their GP to schedule an appointment for each immunisation. Parents can make that call straight from the app.

‘A Save the Date to Vaccinate website has also been developed and includes resources such as a printable Personalised Vaccination Schedule and immunisation videos.’

To download the App or print a schedule visit www.immunisation.health.nsw.gov.au.
To book for immunisations contact your local Community Health Centre or General

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  1. My un immunized son contracted whooping cough when he was 2yrs old.. i treated him with homeopathics with great success. .. one afternoon i forgot to give him the homeopathics and all the symptoms returned, as soon as i gave him the homeopathics again, the symptoms & distress associated with whooping cough stopped.. he is now in his mid 20’s strong & healthy, has never been immunized even when he travels overseas.. and has hardly had a sick day in his life, as his immune system has never been compromised by vaccines. .. There are viable options to vaccination. ..

    • Homeopathy doesn’t work. It has been proven to be quackery. There is nothing in the ‘medicines’.Absolutely nothing. I’d say you have a good imagination.

  2. A prime case of selective information. Amongst the questions needing answers are
    1; How many of those 37 children were vaccinated?
    2; The 4 children who died from whooping cough in the 6 years prior to vaccinations. What percentage of the children suffering from whooping cough did that represent and what contributing medical complications were present?
    Lots of fear and nowhere near enough information. Best to examine all the information.

  3. I’d like to know how many out of the 37 are vaccinated ?
    I’d also like to know if anyone has heard of asymptomatic transmission?

    • The Event Chronicle is a bit misleading. When they say the figure for ‘Vaccine Injury Payouts for US Fiscal Year 2017’ is over $3.6billion. At least they have provided a link to their source, but if you follow it the US Dept of Health site clearly shows that FY2017 payouts were $158million, including legal fees. The total for all years from 1989 to 2017 is over $3.6billion.


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