Pertussis Vaccine recommended for Pregnant Women amid 2014 Spike in Whooping Cough Cases

This vaccination is said to be the best way to prevent whooping cough in the baby and reduces the risk of infant hospitalizations and deaths from this disease

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Loyola Health says whooping cough vaccine is necessary to prevent disease and complications

Expectant moms should be vaccinated for pertussis, or whooping cough, during their third trimester, according to obstetricians at Loyola University Health System. Those in close contact with the infant also should be up to date with their whooping cough vaccine.

This recommendation comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which found a 30 percent increase in whooping cough cases (17,325) from January to mid-August this year as compared with the same period last year.

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Loyola University Health System News, 9 September 2014.

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