Risk Markers for Pertussis Among Infants
Conclusions: Infants of all races/ethnicities with older siblings or born to younger mothers are at increased risk of pertussis. Among Hispanic infants, prematurity and Medicaid insurance were independent risk markers for pertussis. These factors highlight the need to ensure prompt immunization of pregnant women with Tdap at the earliest opportunity starting at 27 weeks gestation.
Background: Whooping cough continues being a major cause of morbidity and mortality in infants younger than 1 year old. In 2012 Argentina introduced Tdap in pregnancy to prevent infant mortality. The aim was to describe the clinical and epidemiological profile of Bordetella pertussis comparing pre and post Tdap vaccine periods.
Doctors want to remind moms to get certain vaccines while pregnant. Whooping cough in particular can be deadly for newborns, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women get the vaccine. (Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)
Conditions: Pertussis; Pregnancy Related Intervention: Biological: Tdap vaccine Sponsor: Mahidol University Not yet recruiting
The evidence continues to show that the flu and pertussis vaccines are safe for mothers to get during pregnancy both for them and for their babies.
New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found vaccinating pregnant women against the whooping cough and the flu won't put babies at risk.
(Reuters Health) - Infants are much less likely to get influenza or whooping cough when their mothers were vaccinated against these infections during pregnancy, and a new study suggests this doesn ’t pose a safety risk for babies.