Cases of Pertussis have been increasing since the 1980s, and preliminary data shows the 2012 outbreak was the largest in nearly 60 years. But it can all be prevented with the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine. Experts suggest pegnant women between 27 and 36 weeks rather than postpartum.
Over 48,000 cases of Pertussis were reported in the U.S. in 2012, and 20 deaths. The majority of deaths occurred in babies younger than 3 months. Newborns only have the antibodies they get from their mothers to help protect them from Pertussis until they are old enough to get their own vaccines. Getting Tdap while pregnant gives your baby the best protection possible against catching pertussis and having severe complications from the infection.
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