Whooping Cough Booster: Make it Clear, Make it Easy, Make it Affordable
  • Petitioned The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Health
The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP
Queensland Minister for Health
Hon Lawrence Springborg
Victorian Minister for Health
Mr David Davis MP
Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Tourism
Honourable Dr Kim D Hames MB BS JP MLA
Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
SA Minister for Health & Ageing
Hon Jack Snelling
Tasmanian Minister for Health
Michelle O'Byrne
NT Minister for Heath
Hon Robyn Jane Lambley MLA

Whooping Cough Booster: Make it Clear, Make it Easy, Make it Affordable

    1. Toni McCaffery
    2. Petition by

      Toni McCaffery

      Lennox Head, Australia

Whooping cough can kill 1 in 200 babies that catch it. There is no cure. But whooping cough is preventable.

Research by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance has proved the adult whooping cough booster program is working – it halves the risk of newborns catching whooping cough and the epidemic has slowed.

Why stop now? Whooping cough cycles come every three years – as quickly as immunity wanes.

We need to increase community immunity, prevent the next outbreak and protect our babies.

We ask all governments to Make it Clear, Make it Easy, Make it Affordable…to give researchers the time they need to Make it Free

Make it Clear
Stop the confusion and make it clear that every adult needs a regular whooping cough booster, and that women should get one before they are pregnant or in their third trimester to give their baby the best protection. Just like women know to take folic acid – they need to know they should get a booster to protect their baby.

Make it Easy
Introduce simple things to prompt doctors and midwives to tell parents: include in pre-pregnancy information, insert a checkbox on antenatal cards and hospital interview forms, and help doctors, obstetricians and health clinics to keep the booster in stock.

Make it Affordable
When govenments funded the boosters, it cost them about $25 per vaccine. But for the public, costs can vary anywhere from $35 up to $90, plus the cost of several visits to the GP - which can total anywhere up to $200. If governments won't pay, at least help keep the costs down to help caring adults create a chain of protection. Support the AMA and GP networks to order in vaccines at a discounted rate to make it affordable for all adults – mums-to-be, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

Make it Free
By implementing these actions we can keep whooping cough at bay and protect babies. This will give researchers the time they need to gather the data and apply to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) to get the 18-month childhood whooping cough booster and adult booster for pregnant women on the free National Immunisation Program.

To find out more about whooping cough and why adults need boosters, please refer to reputable sources:

Immunise Australia Program

The Australian Immunisation Handbook

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance




Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. ABC News

      Toni McCaffery
      Petition Organizer
      NSW Health jab charge

      Updated July 12, 2013 09:52:00 The Health Department says withdrawing the offer of free whooping cough vaccines for some new mothers won't affect immunisation rates on the north coast. For the past four years new mothers have been able to receive the jabs for free, but now those being vaccinated by their GP will be made to pay.

    3. Mamamia

      Toni McCaffery
      Petition Organizer
      A pro-vaccination campaigner speaks out:

      By MAMAMIA TEAM There is no cure for whooping cough. And statistics show that one in 200 babies who contract the disease will die from it. Recently, the NSW government decided to cease providing a free whooping cough vaccination booster to new mothers.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. The Project

      Toni McCaffery
      Petition Organizer
      The Project - Child Fatalities - Babies at Risk - Whooping Cough

      http://danamccaffery.com/ http://theprojecttv.com.au/video.htm http://stopavn.com/

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Jeffs AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      I have a newborn daughter

    • Brigid Foard PORT FAIRY, AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      My vaccinated child has whooping cough

    • Rachel Green SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      For Dana

    • Kylie Turner AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      So does this mean that the current whooping cough vaccine only lasts 3 years? Its just that is what is indicated on the page. Wondering how this works. Do all contact adults in the community need to update their shots every 3 years to ensure immunity?

      • 10 months ago

      Because I believe it is important that the whooping cough vaccine is promoted and then provided free of charge to encourage as many people as possible to it. With babies not being fully vaccinated until they are 6 months, this is the only way to protect vulnerable newborns. It could save a life


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