Protect Babies from Whooping Cough (Text Version)
If you’re pregnant get a Tdap shot!
Whooping cough is deadly for babies
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Whooping cough (pertussis) is a respiratory infection that can cause severe coughing or trouble breathing.
About half of infants who get whooping cough are hospitalized!
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Whooping cough cases across the U.S. have been on the rise since the 1980s.
Pregnant women need to get a Tdap shot
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Pregnant woman: I got my whooping cough vaccine and will encourage everyone caring for my baby to get a shot, too!
Mom: This vaccine helps protect you from whooping cough and passes some protection to your baby.
Create a circle of protection around your baby
4 out of 5 babies who get whooping cough catch it from someone at home*
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Everyone needs whooping cough vaccine:
- Brothers & sisters
- Childcare providers
* When source was identified
Make sure your baby gets all 5 doses of whooping cough vaccine on time
Your baby needs whooping cough vaccine at:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 15 thru 18 months
- 4 thru 6 years
You can get whooping cough vaccines at a doctor’s office, local health department, or pharmacy
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