A Lifesaving Shot for Whooping Cough

We’re in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. In California alone, 5,978 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported. And tragically, 10 babies there have died of whooping cough. The latest death is so upsetting not only for the obvious reasons but because whooping cough deaths are preventable. Babies themselves can’t be immunized until they’re 2 months old, which is often the time they’re most vulnerable to whooping cough symptoms. (Infants are considered at high risk for pertussis until they’re 1 and have had three shots of the DTap vaccine that protects against diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis.) Up to 75 percent of babies who contract the disease get it from someone in their own home. We’ll break down the precautionary steps for you.

If you’re pregnant, make sure that anyone who’s going to be around your baby—including your partner, your parents, your in-laws, your older children, and your babysitter—has had the booster for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) within the last five years.

If you’ve recently given birth and haven’t had the booster in the last five years, get the Tdap vaccine.

If you’re going to be around a newborn and haven’t had the booster in the last five years, get the Tdap vaccine.

See the pattern here? Get the Tdap vaccine.

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  1. by Cindy Rocco

    On October 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    We will have a newborn in the family soon. I didn’t know about the Tdap vaccine. Thanks for this very important information.

  2. by Anand

    On October 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    My sister had this when she was little and I will never forget the situation we went trough. The ad. about the whooping couch reminds me of our childhood and those day. It’s really terrible to experience it. God bless everyone with a good health. Amen!!!

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    On October 25, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Anyone who cares about the infant in their life shouldn’t hesitate to get this vaccine!

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