The GP’s at Carlingford Court Medical Centre strongly believe in fostering a family centred approach to care where each family member is as important as the other. The Centre’s GP’s take pride in being able to share knowledge and expertise to support patients prepare for new additions to their family.
All of the doctors at this centre are able provide advice to patients about prenatal care.
Dr Sandya Wanigaratne, Dr Wei Lei, Dr Seema Siddiqui and Dr Stephanie Weinrauch are experienced antenatal Shared Care GP’s that are experienced prenatal, antennal and postnatal providers whom support and educate their patients throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal care of the newborn babe.
The centre is well equipped to monitor mother and baby with and, provide necessary vaccination throughout pregnancy for pregnant women and their close relatives.
Boostrix also referred to as the “whooping cough vaccine” is available to all pregnant women between 28–38weeks gestation free of charge as part of a government funded initative. For relatives, close friends and other members of the public Boostrix is available to purchase. It is highly recommended that all new fathers to be, grandparents and close relatives – be vaccinated for whooping cough, prior to contact with the newborn baby.
What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis and is spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing to 70–100% of susceptible household contacts and 50–80% of susceptible school contacts. Susceptible people are those who are either unvaccinated or have waning immunity since childhood vaccines. Whooping cough is particularly serious in infants under 12 months of age, while older children and adults usually have a milder disease.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may vary for different ages but first symptoms are usually similar to a cold. Severe cases develop sudden attacks of repetitive coughing and often a characteristic ‘whoop’ as the person gasps for breath. Not all cases get the ‘whoop’. Babies may have pauses in breathing (apnoea). Vomiting often follows a coughing spasm. A person with whooping cough is infectious for up to three weeks after they start coughing. The cough may last for months.
Who should be immunised?
Vaccination is the best way to protect against these diseases. BOOSTRIX vaccine cannot give your child diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis infection. The vaccine will not protect against diseases caused by other types of bacteria or organisms.
Babies are at risk from birth as no pertussis protection is passed from mother to newborn infant. Complete immunisation of children and new parents remains the most effective measure to control whooping cough. Pertussis vaccination is offered as part of the government funded immunisation program for children at two, four, six months, 18months, at four years and in year 7 at High School.