Our daughter will be visiting with a baby who has not had...

Question: 

Our daughter will be visiting with a baby who has not had her Pertussis Immunization. She wants us to have the immunization before she arrives.

Answer: 

The pertussis vaccine is provided in combination with other vaccines. The pertussis vaccine for adults is the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

The Tdap vaccine is provided free to adults who have not been fully immunized, and to adults or immigrants who have not been immunized or whose immunization history is unknown. A booster dose of the Tdap vaccine is recommended for adults who were immunized in childhood but is not provided for free in B.C.

The publicly funded (free) Tdap vaccine is available from pubic health units, most pharmacies and some doctors offices. Those not eligible for the free vaccine can purchase the vaccine from a most pharmacies and travel clinics. Services vary across BC.