Age for Whooping Cough Vaccination to Children is now 7 years

Age for Whooping Cough Vaccination to Children is now 7 years

In order to control whopping cough, health authorities have decided that students aged seven will be vaccinated against the disease. Earlier, the vaccination was meant for students aged 10. The decision has been taken in order to encourage vaccinations to protect children against whooping cough. Over the past one year, a 58% rise has been seen in the number of whopping cough cases in Victoria.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr. Rosemary Lester affirmed that majority of the whooping cough cases took place in older children and adults. It happened because their immunity becomes weak as effect of childhood vaccinations fades over time.

The change is considered to be similar to national recommendations. The vaccine will provide protection against tetanus and diphtheria. Health experts explained that whooping cough is considered to be acute contagious infections and it starts with cold and then symptoms start.

Whooping cough is considered quite serious for infants and it can develop complications, including bleeding, convulsions, apnoea and pneumonia.

Now, the state government is also reintroducing free whooping cough vaccines for expecting parents and also for the parents of newborns. The scheme has been started again after the former government abolished it in 2012.

The Health Department spokesman stated that the free vaccines would be available within months as the tender process has to be done. Main aim is to provide a protection cover around young babies.

The spokesman also affirmed that the legislation to enforce the government's 'no jab, no play' policy that requires parents to completely vaccinate children before they are enrolled in childcare. It would be presented before Parliament this year. He said that the law is expected to be in place by the start of the 2016 school year.

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