CJG vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough

Published: 13 December 2019Modified: 19 December 2019

The Centre for Children and Families (CJG) in The Hague will vaccinate expectant mothers against whooping cough (pertussis) starting in December 2019.

The campaign will commence on 16 December with women at 32 weeks or more in their pregnancy. As of 2 January all pregnant women can be vaccinated. Women who are at 22 weeks or more in their pregnancy can make an appointment at a Centre for Children and Families.

The vaccinations are free and will be given on a voluntary basis.

Whooping cough is dangerous for babies

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease. Each year approximately 120 babies in the Netherlands are admitted to hospital with whooping cough. Sometimes babies even die from the illness. Whooping cough causes serious fits of coughing which can persist for months.

Babies are currently being vaccinated against whooping cough when they are 2 months old. They are therefore not protected the first months of their life. Mothers who are vaccinated during their pregnancy give their baby protection as of birth. After the birth they babies will get 1 less jab against whooping cough.

Appointment and more info

Pregnant women can make an appointment to get the jab in 2 ways:

Pregnant women can find more information about the vaccination on the website of the RIVM.