Don't let cold whoop it up

A PERSISTENT, raspy cough and what you think is a regular spring-time cold could be your wake-up call for a whooping cough booster shot, recommended for Tweed residents due to an outbreak of the notifiable illness on the North Coast.

With a 50% increase in whooping cough between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie, there have been 772 reported cases of the illness this year with an additional 493 outbreaks between Tweed and the Clarence.

These figures have concerned health workers who are urging people to have booster shots against whooping cough, as the vaccine is prone to wear off after a period of time.

Northern NSW and Mid North Coast's Paul Corben said Tweed's inconsistency with vaccination is highly problematic for further outbreaks.

"The Tweed area is most unusual for vaccination.

"While there are good rates in some areas, other areas like the hinterland are low," Mr Corben said.

"People spread misinformation about vaccinations which in turn frightens parents who become reluctant to immunise their child."



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