CDC Advisory Panel Suggests Whooping Cough Vaccine For Pregnant Women
Officially, the CDC has been recommending that women get the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) before becoming pregnant. Tdap is also,...
Officially, the CDC has been recommending that women get the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) before becoming pregnant. Tdap is also, "Recommended in the immediate postpartum period before discharge from hospital or birthing center for new mothers who were not previously vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown." The CDC has also said, in the past, that care providers should be careful, and weigh the risks before vaccinating a pregnant woman. Now though, this may be changing. Last week, a CDC advisory panel said that recommendations should be changed, and that pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough in the late second or third trimester. The theory is that some whooping cough protection may be passed on from mama to baby. The CDC still needs to make a final decision, but will likely vote this decision in, considering the large rise in whooping cough cases this past year.
- See the 2011 immunization schedule for babies
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- Learn about the Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination