Pertussis in Pregnancy

Pregnant women should be offered Tdap (Tetanus, low dose diphtheria, low dose pertussis) vaccine as early as possible after 16 weeks and up to 36 weeks in each pregnancy, to protect themselves and their infant.

  • Tdap can be given at any time in pregnancy after 36 weeks although it may be less effective in providing passive protection to the infant.
  • Tdap should be offered in the week after delivery to those women who were not vaccinated during their pregnancy.

All Healthcare Workers in contact with infants, pregnant women and the immunocompromised should receive a booster dose of Tdap vaccine.

The vaccine is available from the HSE National Cold Chain Service. 

The HSE provides Boostrix (Tdap) vaccine free to all GPs for pregnant women. 

In October 2018 due to the on-going incidence of Pertussis infection in small babies it was agreed to declare a national outbreak to protect these babies. 

From 5th November 2018, GPs are able to claim payment, through the PCRS browser for Tdap (Boostrix) vaccine given to pregnant women between 16-36 weeks gestation. 

No administration fee has been agreed if given after 36 weeks gestation. 

The following information materials are available to download below

This page was updated on 14 December 2018