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Pregnant Women Need Whooping Cough Vaccine

February 9, 2013

Infants have the highest risk for severe complications from whooping cough because they can’t get vaccinated until they are two months old. Now, in the midst of one of the worst whooping cough outbreaks on record, a government advisory panel is recommending all pregnant women get the vaccine during their last trimester. Doctors say a mother’s immunity should pass on to her baby and hopefully protect it during the first several weeks of life.