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Who should receive the Dtap vaccine?

Healthcare providers urge all adults, but especially parents with newborns, to receive the vaccine. Infants cannot receive the whooping cough vaccination (it’s not safe until age two), so it’s important for adults to receive the vaccination to prevent the spread of the disease. If it’s been more than three years since you had a baby or if you can’t remember if you had the Dtap vaccination with previous pregnancies or births, the CDC recommends that you should still receive the vaccination as a preventive measure.

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Where can I get the Dtap vaccine?

If you are a new mother expecting your first child, your nurse will most likely ask if you would like to receive the Dtap vaccine after delivery. He or she can provide you with an information sheet on the vaccination and answer any questions you may have. You can also speak to your health care provider about receiving the Dtap vaccine during your pregnancy. Although the CDC recommends that all adults who come into regular contact with children receive the vaccine, the hospital will only provide the Dtap vaccine to mothers who are patients. You can ask your spouse, babysitters or the child’s grandparents to receive the vaccination through their primary care provider or a community health center.

Is it safe for breastfeeding mothers?

The CDC states that the Dtap vaccine is safe for breastfeeding mothers. In fact, breastfeeding mothers may actually provide greater protection to their infants against whooping cough by passing on antibodies through their breast milk. Risks of the Dtap vaccine include redness and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and allergic reaction. The CDC also reports that, in some extremely rare cases, the vaccine may have been linked to serious brain injury and even death, although it cannot be proven that the vaccine was the cause. As with any medical procedure or vaccine, you have the right to refuse the Dtap vaccine. By educating yourself on the vaccine before you enter into the hospital to have your baby, you can make the most informed decision for your family.

Chaunie Brusie is a labor and delivery nurse and mother of three. Her first book, Tiny Blue Lines, a non-fiction guide to young motherhood will be released in 2014.

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