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Pregnant woman.

Pregnant? Get Tdap in Your Third Trimester
Only you can give your baby protection against whooping cough before your little one is even born. Talk to your doctor or midwife about getting the Tdap vaccine during your third trimester.

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An infant with a healthcare professional

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - What You Need To Know
Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious and can cause serious illness—especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated...

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Personal Stories

An infant with pertussis


Pregnant? Get Tdap.

Pregnant? Get Tdap.
Talk to your doctor about getting the Tdap vaccine while pregnant.

Mother and father holding infant

Don’t risk spreading whooping cough to your infant
Create a circle of protection — get vaccinated.

Mother holding infant

I want to protect my baby from whooping cough
Let's create a circle of protection — please get vaccinated before coming to see us

Mother and father holding infant

I want to protect my baby from whooping cough
Let's create a circle of protection — please get vaccinated before coming to see us

Mother and father holding infant

I want to protect my baby from whooping cough

eCard about vaccinations for meningitis and pertussis.

Adolescent Immunization, It's Their Turn! Initiative

group of kids in a circle

Pre-teens need vaccines too


Protect Babies from Whooping Cough.

Protect Babies from Whooping Cough
Whooping cough can be deadly for babies. Learn how to protect them through vaccination...

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Pertussis Infographic Web Buttons
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Stethoscope and biology book.

Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis (CE expiration date: 11/26/2014)
Presentation on Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations
Recorded webcast (59:21 minutes); slides and transcript also available.


Matte Release (or Formatted Article)


Record High Cases of Whooping Cough - Vaccinate to Protect
The United States is on track in 2012 to have the most reported whooping cough cases since 1959. Protect yourself and protect vulnerable infants — get vaccinated.
English [2 pages] | Spanish [2 pages] Updated 1/10/2014

Doctor examining patient.

Childhood Whooping Cough Vaccine Protects Most Children for at least 5 Years [1 page]
CDC officials stress that vaccines are the best way to prevent whooping cough. In addition, people who do catch whooping cough after being vaccinated are much less likely to be hospitalized or die from the disease.

Mother holding her infant

Whooping Cough Making a Comeback - Vaccination is Key [1 page]
Another fitful night. A mom is awake, listening to her baby cough and trying to comfort him. She wonders wearily when it will end. Unfortunately, the end will not come soon because this cough is whooping cough, also called the "100-day cough" because of its long duration.

A mother introduces her newborn baby to her grandmother in a hospital recovery room.

Grandparents Can Help Protect Against Whooping Cough with Tdap Vaccine
Babies who get whooping cough often catch it from family members, including grandparents, who may not even know they have whooping cough. Before you cuddle with your new, little bundle, it's important to get a Tdap vaccine.
English [1 page] | Spanish [1 page] Updated 1/10/2014

Text in newspaper.

Newsletter and Bulletin Sample Stories about Whooping Cough [3 pages] Updated 1/10/2014
Whether whooping cough is on the rise in your community or not, you can help protect infants by encouraging vaccination. Choose from four sample inserts for your local newsletter or bulletin.


For Kids (from BAM! Body and Mind)

Bam website.

BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids 9-13 years old. BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.

Immune platoon image.

Visit The Immune Platoon on the BAM! Website to learn more about pertussis and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Pertussis disease guy.

Meet Pertussis, a disease villain that leaves its victims literally gasping for air. Pertussis is one of ten villains in the Immune Platoon's Disease Database. This is also available for download [1 page].


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