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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccines

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is combined with other vaccines, so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.

Pertussis-containing vaccines are provided for free as part of routine immunizations in British Columbia.

There are several vaccine combinations that are recommended for children and adults at various ages. For more information about each vaccine, who should get it, the benefits and possible reactions, click on any one of the links below to go to the specific HealthLinkBC file.

DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b) 

  • For children under the age of 7 years starting their immunizations in February 2009 or later
  • Three doses
  • Usually given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age
  • HealthLinkBC file

DTaP-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b)

  • Booster dose generally given at 18 months of age for toddlers who have completed a primary 3 dose infant series with any DTaP-IPV-Hib containing product.
  • HealthlinkBC file

Tdap-IPV (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio)

  • One dose for children 4 to 6 years of age
  • Given as children start school
  • HealthLinkBC file

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

  • Given as a single booster dose to grade 9 students
  • Strengthens their immune system if they have been immunized earlier in life
  • HealthLinkBC file

The Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine is recommended and free for adults who were not immunized against pertussis as children. A booster dose of the vaccine is recommended for adults who were immunized in childhood but it is not provided for free. Those not eligible for the free vaccine can talk to their doctor or pharmacist about purchasing the vaccine. 

Once fully immunized, the Tdap vaccine is around 85% effective in protecting you against pertussis.  

For information regarding the pertussis disease please refer to Diseases and Conditions.

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