Recent reports of whooping cough outbreaks in Wisconsin and Texas have highlighted the importance of proper vaccination schedules. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness in babies, especially in those who are too young to start their vaccination series. The best way to protect babies against whooping cough is to ensure all persons in contact with baby have been recently vaccinated.
Vaccination Guidelines by Demographic
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that pregnant women receive a one-time dose of Tdap, the whooping cough vaccine, between the 27th and 36th week of EACH pregnancy.
Children and Adults:
For other children and adults, a one-time dose of Tdap is recommended for most people 11 years and older. A repeat vaccination is only necessary for pregnant women.
The current recommendation is for a total of 5 doses of DTaP, one at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years.
Keep you and your family safe by ensuring you all are whooping cough vaccinated.