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Pertussis (Whooping cough) Vaccination in Pregnancy

We strongly recommend that pregnant women be vaccinated for Pertussis
with each pregnancy.

Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease
which can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications in infants,
especially within the first 6 month of life. In the recent years, there has been
a dramatic and persistent increase in Pertussis disease in the United
States.

The primary method of prevention for Pertussis is through vaccination. The
Tdap vaccine (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus toxoids) is safe and effective
in pregnancy and recommend by both the CDC and the American College of
Obstetrics and Gynecology. Furthermore, no evidence exists that suggests that
any vaccine is associated with an increased risk of autism or adverse effects
due to exposure to traces of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal.

Breastfeeding is not a contraindication for receiving the Tdap vaccine.

Although the Tdap vaccine can be given at anytime during pregnancy, the
optimal time is between 27 and 36 weeks. In addition, all caregivers (dads,
grandparents,…) should also be vaccinated with Tdap at least two weeks before
coming in contact with your infant.

Please call our office to schedule your Tdap vaccination if you are pregnant
and have not received yet this pregnancy. We will also vaccinated dads,
grandparents, and other caregivers.

Here are some useful Links:

Center for Disease Control – Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination