Have you ever heard a baby with whooping cough? It's awful.

Whooping cough is a potentially deadly disease – and we are in the middle of yet another serious outbreak.

Many people don’t realise that the bacterial infection, which is also known as pertussis, is especially dangerous for babies. It can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and even death, and outbreaks usually occur at least every four years.

“It can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and even death… “

But there is good news – pertussis vaccination for pregnant women (recommended at 28 weeks) is now free in NSW. This vaccine is so important as it will help to protect infants until they are ready to receive their own vaccinations at six weeks of age. All the information you need can be found right here:

Related: Pregnant women will now get free whooping cough vaccines – thanks to the Hughes family.

Vaccinations are the most effective way of keeping your family safe – so it is essential to get every family member immunised as a precaution. Because when it comes to this horrific disease, you can’t afford not to.

 Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by NSW Health. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.

Save the Date to Vaccinate is an initiative from NSW Health to remind parents of the importance of on-time vaccinations for children from birth to 4 years of age.

On-time vaccinations help protect children from serious diseases at the most vulnerable time of life.

You can download the free ‘Save the Date’ phone app for personalised schedules, and handy reminders. Visit