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Vaccinating Pregnant Women for Whooping Cough May Protect Newborns

According to Reuters, a study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that the best way to protect newborns from potentially fatal respiratory infections is to vaccinate the pregnant mothers against pertussis, with the next best option being to vaccinate anybody who would regularly come in close contact with the infant. In addition to vaccination during pregnancy, health officials recommend a series of three shots for the infants starting sometime between six weeks and three months of age. Pertussis can prove fatal for infants due to their small airways, so it is important to offer them as much protection as possible. Unlike other vaccines, the pertussis vaccine loses effectiveness over time and it is important that mothers get vaccinated during each individual pregnancy.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the journal Pediatrics.