Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Pregnant Women Should Be Vaccinated for Pertussis
(KUTV) Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease.
It can be fatal, especially in young children. âThey basically cannot get enough air and it can cause nausea and vomiting because of the lack of air and because of that, kids can end up in the hospital.â
Dr. John McCarter is an obstetrician at the Intermountain Central Orem North Canyon Clinic. He says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all pregnant women get vaccinated during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Doctor McCarter says the motherâs immunity to the disease is passed on to her unborn child. The vaccination will protect the baby after birth. And it is not just pregnant women who need to be vaccinated. Anyone who may come into contact with the baby should also get vaccinated for whooping cough.
For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/vaccines.html
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