I am 65 years old and my son and his wife are having a new...

Question: 

I am 65 years old and my son and his wife are having a new baby soon. Should I get a whooping cough shot

Answer: 

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that all adults receive one dose of tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if they have not previously received a pertussis-containing vaccine in adulthood. In particular, adults who have not previously received a pertussis-containing vaccine in adulthood, and who anticipate having regular contact with an infant, should receive a dose of the Tdap vaccine. Ensuring your pertussis vaccination is up-to-date can provide indirect protection to infants.

Due to the current incidence of pertussis activity in BC, an adult dose of the Tdap vaccine is not provided for free to adults who were immunized in childhood.  A dose of the Tdap vaccine is however provided for free to adults who have never been immunized against pertussis, or whose immunization history is unknown.  Those not eligible for the free vaccine can purchase it at most pharmacies and travel clinics

For more information about the Tdap vaccine, see the HealthLinkBC File: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine