Pregnant? Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious disease that can be deadly for babies. The good news is that you can protect your little one by getting the whooping cough vaccine (called Tdap) during the third trimester of your pregnancy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women get the Tdap vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks of each pregnancy, even if you have been vaccinated in the past. By doing so, you pass antibodies to your baby before birth. These antibodies help protect your baby in the first few months of life. Click here to learn more from the CDC about pregnancy and whooping cough.
Whooping Cough and Babies: What You Need to Know
Whooping cough can cause severe coughing or trouble breathing. About half of babies who get whooping cough end up in the hospital. The younger the baby is when he gets whooping cough, the more likely it is that he will need to be treated in the hospital.
Every year in the United States, babies die from whooping cough, with most deaths in those too young to be protected by their own whooping cough vaccine. Whooping cough cases across the U.S. have been on the rise since the 1980s.
Your Family Can Help
Did you know that four out of five babies who get whooping cough catch it from someone at home? That’s why it’s important to encourage your baby’s family members and caregivers to get vaccinated at least two weeks before meeting your baby if they are not up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccines.
Need the Tdap Vaccine?
Expectant mothers, ask your obstetrics provider about the Tdap vaccine. You should be offered the vaccine during a visit between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Tell your family members or anyone else who will be caring for your baby about whooping cough, and encourage them to get vaccinated by their primary care provider or through the Berrien County Health Department.
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