Health Tip: Protecting Babies From Whooping Cough02/27/13
(HealthDay News) -- Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is
a bacterial infection that is highly contagious and can be
extremely dangerous for babies.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined
these tips to help protect babies from whooping cough:
- Any parent should be vaccinated against whooping cough.
- Any adult who may come into contact with an infant should
receive a whooping cough vaccine at least two weeks before being
around the infant.
- Pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough
(with the Tdap vaccine) during pregnancy, preferably sometime
between weeks 27 and 36.
- New moms who were not vaccinated during pregnancy should be
vaccinated at the hospital immediately after giving birth.
- Vaccinate babies with the DTaP vaccine (which includes a
whooping cough vaccine) according to your pediatrician's
recommended schedule, remembering that babies will need five doses
of the vaccine.
- Keep babies away from anyone who is sick and coughing or has
symptoms of whooping cough.
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