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Whooping Cough Vaccination (Boostrix)

Help protect yourself and your whanau against Whooping Cough. 

To protect infants against whooping cough (pertussis), this vaccine is recommended in adults  in close contact with babies, e.g. parents, care-givers, grandparents. Protection will take two  weeks. Tetanus and diphtheria cover lasts about 10 years. The whooping cough cover lasts 5  years or more. This vaccine should be used during every pregnancy to protect each baby.

Book your appointment at a time and place that's convenient for you. Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including some evenings. 

What is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is an infectious disease that causes coughing and difficulty breathing. It can be very serious in young babies. They can catch whooping cough from family/whānau so make sure you, your older children and extended family are up-to-date with vaccinations. For some people they may be eligible to receive a funded vaccine. Your Unichem and Life Pharmacists are able to vaccinate you against whooping cough.

The whooping cough vaccination is free for  some people from some pharmacies. Vaccination is free for:

  • pregnant women aged 13 years and above from 16 weeks

  • all adults at 45 and 65 years of age as immunity reduces (same vaccine as the tetanus booster)

If you do not meet the above criteria then your Pharmacist is still able to vaccinate you against whooping cough if you are 18 years and older.

How infectious is whooping cough?

One infected person can pass whooping cough on to up to 17 unprotected others. New Zealand is currently experiencing an ongoing national outbreak. Whooping Cough is a vaccine preventable disease. In New Zealand infants are fully immunised against whooping cough at around 5-months of age. Children also receive boosters at 4 and 11-years as part of the National Immunisation Schedule. 

Infants aren't fully immunised until around 5-months of age so make sure if you're visiting children under 5-months be sure that you are vaccinated against whooping cough because their protection starts with you.

When do I need a booster?

Our immunity to whooping cough reduces over time so we need a booster every 10 years to stay fully immunised. 

When did you last have your whooping cough booster vaccination?

In healthy adults whooping cough is often difficult to diagnose - you may think you just have persistent cough (often referred to as a 100-day cough). Not being protected yourself means you could easily pass on this highly contagious disease without knowing you had it in the first place. The great news is that trained vaccinating Pharmacists at Unichem are able to provide one booster vaccination that covers diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).

Living Rewards members receive 10 Living Rewards points when they receive a Boostrix Vaccination.


Unichem Campus Pharmacy

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Level 1, Student Commons, 9 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 377 1991

Unichem Grey Lynn Pharmacy

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580 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

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(09) 360 1159

Unichem Roskill Village Pharmacy

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1490 Dominion Road Extension, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 620 8599

Unichem Ponsonby Pharmacy

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1/283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, AUCKLAND 1011

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(09) 376 2460

Unichem Panmure Pharmacy

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74-76 Queens Road, Panmure, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 527 7719

Unichem Queen St Pharmacy

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280 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 375 1537

Unichem Wynyard Pharmacy

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Datacom Building, 58 Gaunt Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 302 0367

Unichem Stoddard Road Pharmacy

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301a Roskill Centre, 22 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 620 0360

Unichem 115 Queen St Pharmacy

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115 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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(09) 303 4253

Unichem Coxs Pharmacy

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Cnr Line Road & Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 528 5117

Unichem Ellerslie Pharmacy

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125 Main Highway, Ellerslie,, AUCKLAND 1051

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(09) 579 5520

Unichem Royal Oak Pharmacy

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Royal Oak Mall, 691 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, AUCKLAND 1023

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(09) 624 3024

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