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Adult immunisations

Keeping yourself and your community safe from disease is a lifelong commitment. If you don't think you are fully up to date with your vaccinations, check with your general practice.

Diphtheria and tetanus

At 45 and 65 years old you should have a booster dose against diphtheria and tetanus if you haven't had one in the last 10 years. You may have to pay a small charge for the vaccination.


Everyone over 6 months old should have a flu vaccination each year, especially people who live or work with vulnerable people such as children and the elderly. If you are 65 or over, pregnant, or have a chronic health condition you will not have to pay to get this vaccination at your general practice.


Pertussis (whooping cough) is free at your doctor's if you are 28 to 38 weeks pregnant. By protecting yourself you are also protecting the baby. The best time in pregnancy for the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is when you are 31 to 33 weeks pregnant, when you can pass some protective antibodies through the placenta to your baby.

Pertussis is a serious disease and in Canterbury there are outbreaks every three to four years, infecting many vulnerable people. We recommend women have this vaccination at every pregnancy.

If you are living or working with vulnerable people, especially newborns, it's best to get this vaccination every five or 10 years (although you will be charged for it). Young babies do not have the best possible protection from pertussis until they have completed their first three vaccinations at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months.

Written by the Canterbury Immunisation Provider Group. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. July 2017

See also:

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

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