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Whooping cough (pertussis)

Pertussis, commonly known as ‘whooping cough’ is a highly infectious bacterial infection spread by coughing and sneezing. Whooping cough is common in New Zealand. We have an outbreak of the disease every three to five years.  Click here for further information.

Pregnant women in Northland can get free whooping cough and flu vaccinations to help them and their babies to avoid catching these illnesses.

Northland DHB Drop-in Immunisation Clinics are below - no appointment is needed:

  • 16 Commerce Street, Whangārei - Thursdays, 8.30am-4pm
  • 29 Rankin Street, Kaikohe - Thursdays, 9am-3.30pm

You can also get free whooping cough vaccinations through your midwife or GP. They are also happy to help you with any questions you have.


To make an appointment that suits you please phone your local maternity unit:

  • Whangārei, 09 4304101 ext 8600
  • Bay of Islands, 09 4040280 ext 5831 or 5833
  • Dargaville, 0800 374628 or 09 439 3330 ext 6864 or 6865
  • Kaitaia 09 4089180 ext 4864 and
  • Rawene 09 4057709

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