In Tennessee so far this year, 24 infants under 3 months of age have been diagnosed with pertussis or whooping cough. 19 have been hospitalized. These numbers are not unprecedented, but are too high. There is a simple, effective wat to prevent neonatal pertussis: vaccinate mothers with tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine between 27-36 weeks gestation in every pregnancy. This has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) since 2013, but fewer than 50% of pregnant women get it.
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