The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that pregnant women receive pertussis-containing vaccine to protect both mothers and their infants, who are especially vulnerable to severe disease. The recommendation is consistent with AAP policy, which supports pertussis immunization of pregnant adolescents when it is clinically indicated.

Pertussis cases persist in the United States despite an effective vaccine. This is due in large part to persistence of unimmunized individuals, under-immunized individuals and vaccinated individuals whose immunity has waned.

Of those who become infected with pertussis, infants younger than 6 months of age are the most likely to develop severe disease, require hospitalization $#8212; and even die. Recommendations from the Academy and CDC call for infants to receive pertussis immunization routinely at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. However, full protection typically is not achieved until after the third dose at 6 months of age. For that reason,...

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