It helps protect the mother — Pertussis vaccine reduces the risk of the mother catching whooping cough and passing it to her newborn baby. Parents are a common source of whooping cough infection for children under 12 months old.
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Why should pregnant women be vaccinated against pertussis? Links with this icon indicate that you are leaving the CDC website. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a bacterial respiratory illness caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
A to Z Feedback Contact us Emergency information. After receiving the whooping cough vaccine, your body will create protective antibodies proteins produced by the body to fight off diseases and pass some of them to your baby before birth. Facebook Twitter Youtube.
You may experience a mild generalised reaction of fever and fatigue for up to 48 hours after receiving the vaccine. Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease that can be a life threatening infection in babies.
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Whooping cough booster at 18 months. Most infant deaths due to whooping cough are caused by pneumonia and brain injury.
Getting the whooping cough vaccine while pregnant is better than getting the vaccine after you give birth Whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy is ideal so your baby will have short-term protection as soon as he is born.
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