To prevent spreading, a person with whooping cough should stay away from work, school or childcare. They can return after at least 5 days of antibiotics, or 21 days after the first sign of any coughing or 14 days after the severe coughing began.
If people who have had close contact with an infectious person are not fully vaccinated, they may need to stay away from places with young children or pregnant women.
Vaccination is the best protection. Pregnant women are advised to be vaccinated between 20 – 32 weeks of gestation to protect their unborn child (until they are old enough to be vaccinated). Your doctor can advise on this.
If you have been in contact with an infectious person, closely monitor your health. If you develop signs of whooping cough in the 3 weeks after, immediately remove yourself from contact with others until you have seen a doctor. If you are confirmed to have whooping cough, it is best for you to stay home while you are sick.