Availability of adult pertussis vaccine

14th September 2015 - 3:19pm

SA Health has received calls from members of the community advising that they have been unable to obtain pertussis vaccinations.

There are limited supplies of the pertussis vaccines Boostrix® and Adacel® (dTpa) as a result of all States and Territories purchasing supplies for their whooping cough vaccination programs for pregnant women, and increased demand internationally.

However pertussis vaccine for other adults is still available, though some pharmacies may only have vaccines combinations that have the addition of polio vaccine (dTpa/IPV).

When prescribing pertussis vaccine for adults (dTpa) it is recommended that you indicate an alternative product (dTpa/IPV) to ensure a pertussis vaccine can be supplied.

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