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Should pregnant women get the Tdap (whooping cough) vaccine?

November 22, 2019


We recommend getting the Tdap vaccine in
your third trimester, and it’s actually for the baby and not for you. The earlier
you get it in your third trimester, the more protection the baby is
going to have against the whooping cough. Babies don’t get the whooping cough
vaccine until about three months after they’re born, and so for the first three
months of life the baby is at a much lower risk of getting the whooping cough
where they can become the most sick.

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  • Reply Bill Young January 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    CDC:"A newborn’s immune system is not able to create antibodies until he is 2 months old. This leaves babies unprotected in the first few months of life. This is when they are at greatest risk for catching whooping cough and having severe, potentially life-threating complications from the infection. " So you think that a fetus can handle it better? https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/vaccinate-baby.html

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