Why the pertussis vaccine is so important in pregnancy!

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Why the pertussis vaccine is so important in pregnancy!

A recent study has shown that pertussis (or whooping cough) cases are up 30% from January to mid-August this year as compared to last. Because of this, OBGYNs continue to strongly recommend that pregnant women receive the Tdap vaccine to protect themselves and their newborn babies against this. This isn’t a new recommendation, but it continues to be so important given the increase in cases. More details here: http://bit.ly/1tZnSob
In addition, here is our article that discusses why the pertussis vaccine is so important in pregnancy, and why it is considered safe: http://bit.ly/1tZnSob
And lastly, more information on pertussis and what it is: http://bit.ly/1tZnSob

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  1. My doctor recommended that I get this vaccination before I started trying to get pregnant with my second child. She also encouraged my husband and anyone else that would be spending a lot of time with the baby (grandparents, nanny, etc) to get it as well.

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    1. We used to recommend the vaccine before pregnancy or after delivery and said it would last a few years, but the newest recommendation is now during pregnancy in the third trimester so some of those wonderful antibodies are passed on to your baby (who won’t be vaccinated until 2 months old). And it should be repeated every pregnancy for this reason. Definitely a good idea to have caregivers vaccinated as well so they can help “cocoon” babies too young to be vaccinated from whooping cough!

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      1. When my daughter was born five years ago, I was vaccinated in the hospital after delivery. I’ll definitely add it to my 3rd trimester checklist this time around.

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  2. Really helpful!

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