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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 Albany Mega Centre Pharmacy

11 Coliseum Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 415 0655

Unichem Apollo Pharmacy

119 Apollo Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 476 9016

Unichem Broadway Pharmacy

197 Broadway, Newmarket, AUCKLAND 1023

(09) 524 7719

Unichem Buchanans Mansfield Pharmacy

7 Mansfield Terrace, Tikipunga, WHANGAREI 0112

(09) 438 4323

Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy

4-6 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, OTAGO 9340

(03) 448 8871

Unichem Beerescourt Pharmacy

1365 Victoria Street, Beerescourt, Hamilton, WAIKATO 3240

(07) 838 2319

Unichem Browns Bay Pharmacy

66 Clyde Road, North Shore, AUCKLAND 0630

(09) 478 7069

Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy

Paramount Plaza, 81 Paramount Parade, Tikipunga, WHANGAREI 0112

(09) 435 3323

Unichem All Seasons Pharmacy

288 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu South, AUCKLAND 0652

(09) 834 3067

Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy

37 Bishopdale Court, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8543

(03) 359 8302

Unichem Buchanans Kiripaka Pharmacy

177 Kiripaka Road, Tikipunga, WHANGAREI 0112

(09) 437 0001

Unichem Cambridge Pharmacy

52 Victoria Street, Cambridge, WAIKATO 3434

(07) 823 0700

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