Complications for tamariki
Whooping cough can be very serious for pēpi and tamariki, especially those under 1 year old. Many pēpi catch whooping cough from their older siblings or parents — often before they are old enough to be immunised.
If your pēpi catches whooping cough, they:
- may not be able to feed properly
- may not be able to breathe properly
- may become so ill they need to go to hospital
- could end up with serious complications such as pneumonia or brain damage.
Around 50% of pēpi who catch whooping cough before the age of 12 months need hospitalisation and 1 or 2 in 100 of those hospitalised pēpi die from the infection.