Talk to Your Doctor About Pertussis
Help prevent the spread of pertussis (whooping cough) with a Tdap vaccine
Research suggests that vaccinating family members of newborns with an adult pertussis booster vaccine could prevent 76% of pertussis cases in infants younger than 3 months.
Questions for your doctor
Talk to your doctor about the Tdap pertussis booster and make an appointment to get vaccinated. Here are a few questions to help get the conversation started:
- When is the best time to talk about getting an adult pertussis booster vaccine?
- How will getting a pertussis booster (Tdap) help protect my baby?
- If I got vaccinated when I was a child, why do I need to do this again as an adult?
- Who else should get vaccinated to help protect my baby from pertussis?
- When is the best time to get vaccinated?
- Will I experience any side effects from the Tdap booster?
- Are there any other steps I should take to help protect my baby from pertussis?
- What other diseases should I get vaccinated against (eg, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, pneumonia, meningitis, chicken pox/zoster)?
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“A doctor’s view on pertussis”