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Infant vaccination schedule after maternal pertussis vaccination

Starting in 2019, pregnant women will be offered vaccination against pertussis. If its mother has been vaccinated, a child will be protected from birth. This means that its first vaccination can be postponed and the number of doses can be reduced from three to two.

The Health Councils Committee on Vaccinations has concluded that this reduced schedule offers most children similar protection against pertussis as well as the other diseases included in the programme. However, certain specific groups are more at risk if the first vaccination is postponed. Therefore, the committee recommends using a different schedule with three doses.