Whooping cough vaccine supplies to increase
AN INCREASED supply of whooping cough vaccinations will be available on the private market in coming months for non-priority cases.
Following media reports of low supplies of the vaccines, director of North Coast Public Health, Paul Corben confirmed additional vaccines will be released onto the private market.
"The vaccine manufacturers tell us that there's a small amount of whooping cough vaccine that they've released onto the private market," Mr Corben said.
"They expect the overall private supply should improve within the next few months."
Mr Corben cited the introduction of whooping cough vaccinations for pregnant women late last year as an increased the strain on the private vaccination market.
"From what I'm hearing from anti-natal clinics on the North Coast, almost all mothers are taking that up in the third trimester," Mr Corben said.
"That's a good thing and an additional draw on that supply."
Mr Corben said whooping cough vaccines are available for high priority groups including infants, children up to 4 and 12 year olds as well as pregnant women.
"There's no shortage of the vaccine for high priority groups that receive free vaccines through government programs," he said.
"People who wish to buy it through the market there is a limited supply there and they may have to wait."