- A study has found that the Tdap vaccine is safe for use by pregnant women who want to pass their immunity to their newborn children.
- Babies cannot receive the Tdap vaccine that protects against these diseases until they are 2 months old predisposing them to the risk of pertussis.
- The vaccine was found not to cause any health problems or birth defects for the developing fetus.
“In between the time they’re born and their 2 months’ visit, they don’t really have any protective antibodies other than what has passed through the placenta,” DeSilva said. “There have been some studies that show there is an increased chance of passing these antibodies when the mother gets this vaccine.”
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