It is safe to give pertussis-containing vaccine to children, adolescents or adults who have had laboratory-confirmed pertussis infection. These people should receive all routinely scheduled pertussis-containing vaccines because natural immunity does not provide lifelong protection.

This is particularly important for infants <6 months of age who develop pertussis because they may not mount an adequate immune response after infection.

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Last updated: 
4 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
4 June 2018