Are you pregnant? It’s very important to get your pertussis shot when you’re pregnant. This shot will protect you and your unborn baby. You can get it at any time of the year.
Dangerous for your baby! Pertussis is very dangerous for newborns and older infants. Babies who have pertussis cough very, very hard and for a long time. These babies have difficult time breathing, and they often get seizures. Some babies even die from pertussis.
Protection When you are pregnant, your pertussis shot protects you and your unborn baby. The pertussis shot you got when you were pregnant continues to help your baby for a short time after he is born.
Ask your doctor for shots Ask your doctor for any shots you need. And ask the doctor any questions you have about immunization.
No matter when you’re pregnant! Pertussis is another name for whooping cough. Pertussis is different from the flu. You need a pertussis shot no matter when you are pregnant. Ask your doctor for a pertussis shot.
If you get pregnant again The pertussis shots you get while you’re pregnant will protect your unborn baby and your newborn baby for only a few months. If you get pregnant again, you will need new shots.
Shots, immunization and vaccination Shots, immunization and vaccination are different words that mean almost the same thing.
Catching pertussis Tiny germs called pertussis bacteria cause pertussis. This illness is very serious. You or your baby can catch pertussis when a sick person coughs or sneezes or gets close to you.
If you catch pertussis, whether you are pregnant or not, you may get very sick.
Make sure your baby gets the shots!Your newborn baby will start getting his own pertussis shots when he’s about 2 months old. He will need a total of 4 shots to be completely protected.
Other people too The pertussis shot you get when you’re pregnant and the baby’s first pertussis shot are both important, but they aren’t enough. Ask everyone who will be near your baby to get immunized against pertussis. You don’t want other people to spread pertussis to your baby.
Today! Talk with your doctor today about getting pertussis shots.
Are you on WIC? Each time you become pregnant and enroll in WIC, one of our WIC educators will give you information about pertussis.
Each time you meet with a WIC educator, you will have a chance to ask questions and learn more.
Your WIC educator You can talk with your WIC educator during one-on-one sessions. Read more about one-on-one sessions here>>