Pregnant? Help Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough

Pregnant? Help Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough


THANK YOU. OH THAT FEELS SO GOOD. Laura Stephens will soon
be a first time parent so she watches her
friend and mother of 4 to see how it’s done. (BABY TALK) COOPER,
PLEASE DON’T GRAB THE CUP FROM HIM ANYMORE THOUGH. THAT SOUNDS LIKE
GIBBERISH TO ME. Laura also relies on
her friend for advice. I’M SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING THE
VACCINE FOR THE WHOOPING COUGH. YEAH, YEAH, THE WHOOPING COUGH
VACCINE, I JUST GOT MINE ON, MY APPOINTMENT WAS
LAST WEDNESDAY. SO HAVE YOU DONE IT
WITH ALL OF YOUR KIDS? Health experts recommend
pregnant women get a whooping cough vaccine, also called
Tdap, during each pregnancy to give babies important
protection in the first few months of
life before they are old enough to get their own vaccines. (HEARTBEAT SOUNDS) PERFECT,
THE BABY’S MOVING AROUND OK? Why is early protection
important? Most babies who get whooping
cough during those early months struggle to breath
and get very sick. For some, it can be fatal. SO HOW DOES MY GETTING THE
WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE PROTECT MY BABY? WHAT HAPPENS IS, WHEN
YOU GET THE VACCINE NOW IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER, YOUR
BODY FORMS A PROTECTION. AND IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER THAT WHOOPING COUGH
VACCINE ACTUALLY DELIVERS THAT PROTECTION TO THE
BABY RIGHT FROM BIRTH. IS IT SAFE THEN FOR
ME AND THE BABY? ABSOLUTELY. IT’S BEEN RESEARCHED. THERE HAS BEEN NO
EVIDENCE OF PRETERM LABOR, NO EVIDENCE OF LOW BIRTH WEIGHT. IN MY EXPERIENCE I HAVEN’T SEEN
ANY ISSUES OR PROBLEMS WITH IT. UNFORTUNATELY, WHOOPING
COUGH CASES ARE ON THE RISE. WE NOW SEE BETWEEN 10,000 AND 50,000 CASES EACH
YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WHOOPING COUGH
IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS. Because the disease is
often mild for adults and older siblings, caregivers
may not know they are infected and mistake it for a cold
or other minor illness and pass it along to the baby. IT’S RECOMMENDED THAT WOMEN
GET VACCINATED DURING THE THIRD TRIMESTER OF EACH PREGNANCY. AND THIS IS BECAUSE THE
VACCINE’S PROTECTION DECREASES OVER TIME. SO LET ME SHOW YOU THE NURSERY. WE’VE JUST REALLY STARTED
GETTING IT TOGETHER. I JUST REALLY WANT HER TO GET
HERE AND TO BE ABLE TO HOLD HER AND EXPERIENCE ALL THESE THINGS THAT MY FRIENDS HAVE
BEEN ABLE TO EXPERIENCE. You, like Laura, have the power
to make sure your baby is born with protection against
whooping cough. Ask your doctor or midwife
about getting the vaccine to help keep your newborn safe from the moment she
takes her first breath.

7 Replies to “Pregnant? Help Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough”

  1. Several studies have concluded that activation of the maternal immune response adversely affects fetal brain development.
    [Knuessel 2014, Konat 2015, Tsukada 2015, Weir 2015, Baumann 2014, Cordeiro 2015, Giovanoli 2015]

    The vaccine for whopping cough activates the maternal immune response.

  2. "For some, it can be fatal." … Uhmm .. Okay… How many children die from this per year in the United States. Stop telling us it's "dangerous", "fatal", "bad", and your not giving us statistics. Also, IF you get it, do you have a natural immunity from it in the future? If so, it can be a good thing! Give us facts! Stats!

  3. If parents are "infected", that means they have a NATURAL immunity, and are protected from it. Wouldn't that protect their child as well? For example, your giving the parent a shot for "protections" and "immunity", to also pass on to the child, … this is making absolutely NO sense CDC! You guys need to get clear on this stuff.

  4. My wife is just almost 2 months pregnant. They were going to give her the flu shot. Instead the nurse made a mistake and gave her the whooping cough vaccine. Can that affect the baby since it's recommended at 27 weeks?

  5. Time to update your info. to let people know how dangerous this vaccine is. Science has progressed since 2016, after all.

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