Inactivated Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (TDAP)

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a serious respiratory infection caused by a highly contagious bacteria. Rates of pertussis infection have been increasing in the United States, with infants under one year being the most severely affected. Although most of us are vaccinated for pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus as children, the immunity to these diseases decreases over time. The CDC recommends a “booster” vaccine during adulthood.

Pregnant women can safely be vaccinated for pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus during the second or third trimester of pregnancy or postpartum. Vaccination during pregnancy allows the antibodies to be transferred to the infant, helping them protect from infection. In addition, all adults who will come in contact with the baby (parents, grandparents or caregivers) should be advised to receive the vaccine if they have not had a booster within the past 10 years.