Please work together to protect our most vulnerable


Latest News:
May 24, 2012 - Keep the free Whooping Cough Booster Program for parents of newborns
May 17, 2012 - ABC Catalyst: Danger Zones
December, 2011 - ABC News 24 Tonic TV
14 October, 2011 - MamaMia Vaccination Discussion on Sky News
June 10 2011 - 60 Minutes: Getting the Point
July 12, 2010 - NSW Health Care Complaints Commission confirms AVN is an anti-vaccination group

August 5, 2009 - Dick Smith supports vaccination facts
July 20, 2009 -
“Eye of the Needle”, Qweekend (PDF File)
June 30, 2009 -
Toni McCaffery speaks to 2GB Radio (MP3 file)
May 20, 2009 -
Queensland Premier calls for action on Whooping Cough
May 11, 2009 -
Dana McCaffery’s family welcome national review.

Did you know Whooping Cough can be fatal?

Born perfectly healthy, Dana Elizabeth McCaffery died in March at 4 weeks of age from Pertussis (Whooping cough). Sadly, she is one of eight babies that has died from this totally vaccine preventable disease in Australia since 2008.

Between 1993-2006, a further 17 children under 12 months have died from Whooping Cough in Australia.

Born perfectly healthy, our baby Dana became the innocent victim of Whooping Cough due to dangerously low awareness and even lower vaccination rates.

Whooping Cough is notoriously contagious and deceptive, initially starting like a cold. There is no cure and Whooping Cough can kill 1 in 200 babies that catch it. Babies are not born with adequate antibodies to the disease. They are not protected until they are at least four months old and have received two doses of the whooping cough vaccine. They are not fully protected until after their third dose at six months.

In just four short weeks, our beautiful baby girl taught us boundless love and amazing courage. Read the account of Dana's journey. If you cannot access Facebook you can read their story here.

Learn more about how you can make a difference

The only way to stop infants dying from Whooping Cough is to prevent them catching it. Adults are a major source of this disease. In 2011, over 38,500 people caught Whooping Cough nationally—with half of them being adults.


Did you know that adults need boosters? The majority of us are not immune to Whooping Cough, with immunity waning as quickly as six years.


You can help protect newborn babies by ensuring everyone around them is up-to-date on their vaccinations—creating a protective cocoon until they are old enough to gain their own immunity.


We all need to work together to:

After Dana’s death, Toni and David have worked with many health authorities to raise awareness of whooping cough. Please go to the following sites for further information on whooping cough.


NSW Health
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

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We all need to work together to protect our most vulnerable.

Yours in Community

Toni, David, James, Aisling and Sarah McCaffery
In memory of our sweet Dana.



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