10 tips on the Tdap vaccination and whooping cough

10 tips on the Tdap vaccination and whooping cough

Because the diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough vaccination (Tdap) is known as a “live virus vaccination”, many people believe that it could be a risk to the health of the baby or of the mother during pregnancy. However, quite the contrary is true.

The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that the benefits of the vaccination for pregnant women normally outweighs the potential risks, which means that the vaccination will most likely not cause any harm.

Below are 10 things you should know about the Tdap vaccination

1. It constitutes one of the best methods of protection against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough; diseases that could be lethal for your child.
2. Because it is totally safe, it is recommended for pregnant women, preferable between the 27th and 35th weeks (if administered at this time it is most likely that your child too will generate the antibodies he needs to combat whooping cough during the first three months of his life).
3. It can also be given while breastfeeding, but you should ask your doctor first.
4. Children get vaccinated at 2, 4 and 6 months, between 15 and 18 months and again between 4 and 6 years of age. Meantime, adults should be vaccinated between 19 and 64 years of age. (If you plan on being near a baby, you should get this vaccination two months in advance).
5. The only people for whom this vaccination is not recommended are those that had a dangerous reaction to the first dose.

About Whooping Cough
6. This is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable and violent coughing, that often leads to convulsions.
7. It is considered as potentially fatal, especially in babies under one year of age.
8. Not only can it cause respiratory attacks and pneumonia, but the violent cough can cause broken ribs.
9. The most common form of contagion is from infected family members and others close to the baby, who don't even know they are infected
10. The best way to protect your baby from whooping cough is to vaccinate not only him but all those who will be in close contact with him such as his siblings, cousins, uncles and grandparents. On the other hand, pregnant women who are not vaccinated or who have been partially vaccinated against tetanus should complete the full vaccination series.

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