Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a serious respiratory infection. Most serious complications of pertussis are seen in infants.

Infants receiving routine vaccinations are not vaccinated against pertussis until two months of age. Therefore, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health recommends all mothers of newborns be vaccinated against pertussis, as they are the main people who could pass this illness on to their children. Mothers receive the vaccination free of charge following delivery and another primary caregiver can also receive the vaccination free of charge from their local public health office. For more information on the pertussis vaccine, click here.