Pregnancy Vaccine: One More Stick in the Arm
For just the second time in its existence, the Center for Disease Control is recommending that pregnant women receive a vaccine. The resurgence in whooping cough has led the CDC to advise expecting moms to get the combination whooping couch and pertussis vaccine, ideally in their third month of pregnancy, to protect themselves and their unborn babies from the highly contagious and potentially fatal disease.
With more than 32,000 cases reported, including 16 deaths, 2012 is expected to be the worst year for the disease since 1959. The last time the Â CDC previously recommended that pregnant women get a vaccine was in the 1990’s, in that case the flu shot vaccine.
Will you get the vaccine? Do you plan to follow all medical recommendations for vaccinating your baby?
Katie Quirk Dunyon is a mom of two, a boy and a girl. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.