The Daily Bulletin

Vaccination Advice

Posted by Heather Weekley on March 5, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that pregnant women (adult and teenaged) receive tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines during every pregnancy — regardless of how long it was since their previous dose.

The change in policy is designed to protect newborns and babies from pertussis. The AAP hopes that by immunizing mothers the protection from the deadly disease will extend to babies who are too young to be immunized themselves. The change was adopted because of a national increase of cases of pertussis, according to press release issued by the academy.

—Melissa Kossler Dutton