Protect your baby against whooping cough

As of 16 December 2019,  the 22-week vaccination against whooping cough is offered to pregnant women free of charge by the Dutch National Immunisation Programme. Vaccination during pregnancy protects women and their babies until they are three months old.

In recent years, there has been an increase in cases of whooping cough (pertussis, or ‘kinkhoest’ in Dutch). It is a contagious disease that affects the respiratory system. It is especially dangerous for babies who are not – or not sufficiently – vaccinated. Newborns cannot get their first vaccinations until they are six weeks old. This is the reason women can get vaccinated against whooping cough from the 22-second week of their pregnancy (also known as the 22-week vaccination). In most cases, this means one less injection for the baby.

Get your 22-week vaccination in your neighbourhood

Women can get vaccinated against whooping cough from the 22-second week of their pregnancy. You can get the vaccination in Amsterdam, during a walk-in clinic at the Parent and Child Team (Ouder- en Kindteam). In Amstelland, visit the Well-Baby Clinic (consultatiebureau).

Please bring identification and your Growth Guide- Pregtnancy (‘GroeiGids Zwanger’) if you have it. After the vaccination you will receive a vaccination certificate.

What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough is an extremely contagious disease, caused by a bacterial infection. The infection leads to severe coughing fits, which can persist for months. Whooping cough can be extremely dangerous for babies. Infants may struggle to breathe well and could actually stop breathing for a few seconds. They may get pneumonia or develop brain damage, and could even die from the disease. Every year nearly 170 infants are admitted to hospital with whooping cough.

How can you protect your baby?


After a pregnant woman has been vaccinated, her body makes antibodies. These antibodies are shared with the unborn baby via the placenta. As a result, the newborn will have enough antibodies against whooping cough for the first few months. This way babies are protected until they are old enough to be vaccinated themselves.

Effects and safety of the whooping cough vaccination

Extensive research shows that the whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy effectively protects babies during their first few months. Because of the vaccination the baby will have approximately 90% less chance of developing whooping cough in the first 3 months after birth. Research shows that the vaccination does not harm the pregnancy.

Where can you get vaccinated?

As of 16 December 2019, the 22-week vaccination against whooping cough for pregnant women is no longer available at the GGD Amsterdam's travel clinic. You can get the vaccination in Amsterdam, during a walk-in clinic at the Parent and Child Team (Ouder- en Kindteam). In Amstelland, visit the Well-Baby Clinic (consultatiebureau).