A New Study Supports What An Advisory Panel For The Centers For Disease Control Recommended In June: Pregnant Women Should Be Vaccinated For Pertussis During Their Second Or Third Trimesters Of Pregnancy.

A new study supports what an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control recommended in June: Pregnant women should be vaccinated for pertussis during their second or third trimesters of pregnancy.
A new study supports what an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control recommended in June: Pregnant women should be vaccinated for pertussis during their second or third trimesters of pregnancy. If a woman waits until she gives birth to have a pertussis vaccine, her newborn is not adequately protected against whooping cough. Pertussis is a respiratory tract infection that is highly contagious. It is spread through the droplets that are emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Pertussis usually lasts six weeks, but can be deadly in babies. The study, published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, found there was a two week period following vaccination in a woman where she was not protected against pertussis. "This means that there is a window of time when she and her young baby are not protected," said Dr. Scott Halperin, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a pediatrician and lead researcher on the study. "It is clear that protection during this 2-week postpartum period is critical." For the study, the researchers wanted to test the period of time that lapsed before a vaccinated mom's blood showed antibodies to pertussis. They gave 30 new moms the pertussis vaccines and then checked their antibodies - both in their blood and breast milk. They found antibodies after seven days, but the antibodies peaked after two weeks. "This finding really adds rationale for vaccinating during pregnancy," said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "It will help everyone - both moms and doctors - understand why immunization during pregnancy is better than this window of risk." (Source: Fox News) Read more on whooping cough/pertussis: Pertussis: Is your baby at risk for whooping cough? What parents of newborns need to know about whooping cough Will breastfeeding prevent whooping cough?

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