Do you think whooping cough is a thing of the past? Not anymore. Just last week, officials in Long Island, New York reported an outbreak of whooping cough (also known as pertussis). The affected children are said to have already been vaccinated against the disease and medical experts believe the vaccine wore off. Thirteen students in three different schools in Long Island have been confirmed with the contagious bacterial infection. Now an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough, and say the vaccination should not be given until the late second or third trimester.
According to MSNBC, the panel also recommended that other groups should also be vaccinated, and for more than just pertussis:
“The panel also recommended that teens and adults in close contact with newborns receive a single dose of the vaccine if they had not received it previously, in order to form a “cocoon” of immunity to protect newborns until they’re old enough to be fully vaccinated themselves. The panel also voted to recommend that a vaccine against meningitis, which is a life-threatening bacterial infection, be given to high-risk infants when they are only 9 months old.”
The debate over vaccines in general is a hot one, and parents have very strong views on both sides of it. Many parents who have lost children to vaccinations vehemently deny their safety. Similarly, parents whose children have contracted diseases simply because they weren’t vaccinated feel just as strongly in favor of vaccines.
Pregnancy is an an even more sensitive time for a mom to inject live vaccine into her body as her baby is growing. I’m not sure how I would feel about getting the vaccine if I were pregnant now. During my pregnancies, there was never a question of getting a booster pertussis shot.
Would you get the whooping cough vaccine while pregnant?
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