Covenant Hospital would like to partner in your baby’s healthcare
by providing the following important information concerning immunizations.
There are standard and recommended immunizations to protect you and your
baby from vaccine preventable diseases.
Tdap (Whooping Cough Vaccine)
It is very important that women receive the Tdap Vaccine, whooping cough
vaccine, in the third trimester of every pregnancy. The Tdap vaccine immunizes
for Pertussis, also known as whooping cough. It is a highly contagious
bacterial illness spread by coughing and sneezing. People sick with pertussis
have severe coughing attacks that can last for months.
You will need the whooping cough vaccine during
each of your pregnancies. The best time to get the shot is your
th through 36
th week of pregnancy
. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends this protocol and
this recommendation is supported by the American College of Obstetricians
You should get the whooping cough vaccine while pregnant, each pregnancy,
to pass protection to your baby.
Discuss this very important recommendation with your physician.
Offered during the flu season, receiving an influenza vaccine each year
is the single best way to protect mother’s health for the flu.
Please refer to the CDC’s website for additional information on immunizations at www.cdc.gov.