Learn why Laura decided to get the whooping cough vaccine in her 3rd trimester of pregnancy and how her baby girl was born with some protection against the disease.
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Pertussis (whooping cough) can lead to serious illness, needing treatment in the hospital, and death. Babies who are too young to be well-protected by pertussis vaccines are especially at risk. You can help protect your baby from pertussis by:
- Getting a pertussis vaccine (Tdap) if you are pregnant
- Encouraging those around your baby to be up-to-date with pertussis vaccination
- Making sure your baby starts getting his pertussis vaccines on time, at 2 months old
- Liang JL, Tiwari T, Moro P, et al. Prevention of Pertussis, Tetanus, and Diphtheria with Vaccines in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67(2):1–44.