A new vaccine for pregnant women

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released new vaccine guidelines for 2013. One change is a recommendation for women to receive a dose of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine with each pregnancy. The vaccine should be given between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation.

This new recommendation is in response to growing numbers of pertussis cases. Pertussis can be fatal, especially in newborns.

Be sure to talk to your doctors about this vaccine.

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