Give Pregnant Women the Tdap Vaccine With Every Pregnancy
You'll see more focus on giving women Tdap vaccine during pregnancy...to decrease the risk of pertussis in newborns.
Infants are at the highest risk of severe and fatal pertussis in their first 8 weeks...before they start getting pertussis vaccines. Plus, pertussis cases are rising.
Guidelines advise giving Tdap (Adacel, Boostrix) in the third trimester. But many women get it after delivery...or not at all.