Many expectant parents diligently research, discuss, and consider all the wonderful things they can do to provide the best environment for their impending arrival. They build cribs, and buy car seats. Mothers forego their Friday night sushi dinner, and go months without drinking coffee (although it’s actually OK to drink!) Few realize one of the most important, easy and effective things they can do to ensure a safe environment is to get vaccinated against whooping cough. Whooping cough, or Pertussis, is a serious respiratory infection which can severely affect young infants, who can’t start receiving the vaccine until 2 months of age. Research in the last decade has shown that if an expectant mom gets her Tdap vaccine between weeks 27-36 she can pass on protective antibodies against the disease to her vulnerable infant in an extremely effective and safe way, just at the time their baby needs it most.
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