1/13/2016 8:42 am
We are recommending that our pregnant patients, their partners and anyone who will be around newborns who have not been vaccinated yet be vaccinated for whooping cough. The optimal timing of the vaccine in pregnancy is between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, but it can be given in any trimester. In 2013 the recommendation was changed for woman to get Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy. If you miss the vaccine during pregnancy we should give it immediately following delivery. While preventing illness in adults is important the object is to prevent the baby from getting exposed to the illness. Most pertussis or whooping cough deaths in the US during 2000 and 2012 were among children under 3 months of age. There is information from the CDC at "Pertussis Summary Vaccination Recommendations". Protection of our babies from pertussis by vaccinating family and friends until the baby can receive the vaccine is described as cocooning. In nonpregnant adults and adolescents a repeat Tdap dose 5 or 10 years after the first dose was well tolerated and improved the chances of immunity to disease.
After delivery we support vaccinations of your child as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians and the CDC