When my patients come in for their year check-up, I give them the TdaP vaccine. I explain to them that a big part of the reason we give it is to protect them against pertussis, or whooping cough.
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The vaccine can be given after 36 weeks but it may be less effective. Many babies who get whooping cough have been in contact with family members who have had a cough for longer than 2 weeks. Babies born before 32 weeks will not be protected as they will not get enough antibodies from you while in the womb.
Vaccines in general
I talk about outbreaks that are happening all the time, how it can be especially dangerous for little babies, and how this vaccine can help stop them from catching pertussis and spreading it to others. Inactivated vaccines are considered to be safe when administered in pregnancy. Military Vaccines Web Site.