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Tdap Vaccine is Safe in Pregnancy

Not a surprise, but good to have it confirmed.
Both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended for several years now that ALL pregnant women receive the Tdap vaccine in every third trimester of every pregnancy. The "p" in Tdap stands for Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough.

Pertussis causes severe coughing spells that can be life threatening in young infants. We have been vaccinating infants (starting at 2 months) and children against Pertussis for decades now. We started vaccinating teens about 15 years ago. Our current vaccines, though, can't be given to infants under 2 months of age. These young infants are the ones at highest risk of severe complications, or even death, from Pertussis.

Vaccinating pregnant women stimulates their immune system to make more antibodies which can then cross the placenta. The baby would be born with mom's anti-Pertussis antibodies already in their bloodstream. Earlier studies have already shown that vaccinating pregnant women is effective at preventing Pertussis in their babies. This study just confirms that it is safe to do so.

If you're pregnant, make sure to ask your Obstetrician about the Tdap vaccine as you approach your third trimester. Also - don't forget flu season is coming. Flu vaccine is also recommended for all pregnant women in any trimester and should be available soon

Posted: 8/23/2018 7:33:27 AM by Paul Matz | with 0 comments


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