All Pregnant Women Should Get Whooping Cough Shot

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Press Release yesterday, Wednesday, October 24th, 2012. (Read Full Press Release) The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 14 to 0, that all pregnant women should receive the Tdap Immunization. Tdap offers protection from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) all in one vaccine. Tdap is recommended, not only for pregnant women, but also for adults who have never had Tdap, adults 65 and older who expect to have close contact with an infant younger than 12 months, and healthcare workers under 65 who have direct patient contact. For More Information

All pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough, preferably in their last trimester, a panel of U.S. advisers recommended. Getting vaccinated during pregnancy means a mother can pass immunity to whooping cough to her baby, the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) explained. They also state that if the Tdap Immunization is not administered during pregnancy, it should be administered immediately postpartum, before leaving the hospital or birthing center.

Whooping Cough, also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It causes uncontrollable, violent coughing fits making it difficult to breathe. This disease is sometimes mistaken for a regular cold, but can last for weeks or months without realizing that it is Pertussis. The Tdap booster is recommended for healthy adults age 19 and older every 10 years. If you’re in need of a tetanus booster, ask for Tdap instead. For More Information

Come by any Good Day Pharmacy location today to receive your Tdap Immunization. To learn about the many other Vaccinations and Immunizations we offer, please visit our Vaccination page HERE.