For Pregnant Women

The following materials provide information on how you can help protect your baby from whooping cough (pertussis) by getting vaccinated while you are pregnant.

Fact Sheet

You can start protecting your baby from whooping cough before birth

You Can Start Protecting Your Baby from Whooping Cough before Birth pdf icon[1.21 MB, 2 pages]
This fact sheet explains that when pregnant women get the whooping cough vaccine during their third trimester, they will pass antibodies to their babies before birth. This allows babies to be born with protection against whooping cough.

This fact sheet is also available in Spanish pdf icon[1.30 MB, 2 pages].

Posters

If you want high-resolution formats for commercial printing in English and Spanish, please e-mail us at mvpdb@cdc.gov.

helps protect your baby from the start

Protect Your Baby from the Start pdf icon[1.27 MB, 1 page]
This 18″ x 24″ poster explains that when pregnant women get the whooping cough vaccine during their third trimester, they will pass antibodies to their babies before birth. This allows babies to be born with protection against whooping cough.

This poster is also available in Spanish pdf icon[1.27 MB, 1 page].

protect my baby starting at her first breath

Protect Your Baby Starting at Her First Breath pdf icon[1.22 MB, 1 page]
This 18″ x 24″ poster explains that when pregnant women get the whooping cough vaccine during their third trimester, they will pass antibodies to their babies before birth. This allows babies to be born with protection against whooping cough.

Public Service Announcement

Whooping Cough PSA

Whooping Cough PSA (0:30 minutes)
This 30 second PSA encourages pregnant women to get the whooping cough vaccine, called Tdap, during the third trimester of each pregnancy in order to pass antibodies to their babies so they are born with protection against this serious disease.

This PSA is also available in Spanish.

Podcast

Pregnant woman holding her belly

Born with Protection against Whooping Cough (2:21 minutes, Date Released: 1/22/2015)
This podcast provides information about whooping cough, a disease that can be deadly for babies, and CDC’s recommendation that all women receive the Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of every pregnancy so their babies can be born with protection from this serious disease.

This podcast is also available in Spanish.

Videos

Tdap video

Pregnant? Help Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough (Date Released: 1/12/2016)
Learn why Laura decided to get the whooping cough vaccine in her 3rd trimester and how her baby girl was born with some protection against the disease.

Sounds of Pertussis

Sounds of Pertussis
This campaign aims to help raise awareness about the dangers of whooping cough and the importance of vaccination by featuring personal stories of families and a doctor that have seen the effects of whooping cough in young babies.

Video from pkids

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs)external icon
PKIDs offers a variety of videos about whooping cough, including one family’s struggle.

Baby with pertussis. Courtesy of the California Department of Health Services and Healthy Nevadans 2000, Nevada State Health Division.

Immunization Action Coalition Whooping Cough Videosexternal icon
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) offers a variety of videos showing babies and children with whooping cough.

Page last reviewed: November 18, 2019