Why You Need a Pertussis Vaccine

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Why You Need a Pertussis Vaccine
Fri, 06-21-2013 - 10:43am

Whooping cough cases are escalating in the United States, and many American adults are unknowingly exposing vulnerable babies to the potentially deadly disease because their vaccinations are not up to date, a new survey finds.

"[Whooping cough] is a very preventable disease, but many adults may think their childhood vaccinations still are protecting them against it," said Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the new University of Michigan National Poll on Children's Health. "Findings from this poll show that few adults have received a booster shot within the recommended 10-year time frame and, in fact, two-thirds told us they were not aware of their vaccination status."


Have you talked to your doctor about getting a pertussis vaccine during pregnancy? Do you think you will ask baby visitors to get up to date with their vaccines before visiting you all?

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Registered: 10-13-2010
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 12:14am

I didn't get the shot when I was pregnant the first time, but they offered it to me in the hospital after my daughter was born.  I'm not sure how long the vaccine lasts, so I don't know if I'll need a booster soon or not.  I will be asking my husband to get the vaccine when this baby's born.

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