- Pregnant women should receive the Tdap vaccine with each pregnancy, and the ideal timing is during 27 to 36 weeks of the pregnancy.
- With the preceding plan, there is an increased likelihood of optimal protection against pertussis for the pregnant woman and her infant during the first few months of the baby’s life.
- All women during each pregnancy should receive the vaccine whether or not she has received the vaccine in the past.
- If the pregnant woman has not received the vaccine during the pregnancy, it should be administered immediately after delivery.
- To date there is no data to suggest increased fetal, maternal, or pregnancy risks with the vaccine, but the safety should be closely monitored under the direction of the Food and Drug Administration.
- Although not part of the new immunization schedule recommendations, experts are advising vaccinations for the new baby’s father, siblings, and other caretakers. This is part of the cocooning strategy. Even grandma and grandpa should consider vaccination.
…..As always, discuss all your concerns with your caring medical professional so you can obtain the best care possible for you and your family!