New study shows Tdap vaccination during pregnancy can prevent whooping cough in babies

By Newsroom America Feeds at 28 Sep 2017

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*New study shows Tdap vaccination during pregnancy can prevent whooping cough in babies*

"""Less than half of pregnant women in the United States take advantage of vaccination"

A new CDC _study published today in "Clinical Infectious Diseases" reported that vaccination with whooping cough vaccine, Tdap, during the third trimester of pregnancy prevented more than three out of four (78 percent) cases of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in babies younger than two months. However, only 49 percent of pregnant women who delivered between fall 2015 and spring 2016 received the vaccine. CDC recommends women get Tdap during each pregnancy to provide critical short-term protection to babies when they are most at risk for this life-threatening illness.

The study used data from 2011 through 2014 on babies younger than two months from six states. It found that mothers whose babies had whooping cough were less likely to have received Tdap during pregnancy. The study reported that, in addition to being 78 percent effective at preventing whooping cough, Tdap vaccination during the third trimester was 90 percent effective at preventing serious cases of whooping cough that require hospitalization.

Women have such a great opportunity to help protect their babies before they enter the world by getting Tdap vaccine while pregnant, said Nancy Messonnier, M.D., director of CDCs National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. This study highlights how babies can benefit when their mothers get the vaccine and reinforces CDCs recommendation for women to get Tdap vaccine in the third trimester of each pregnancy.

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