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:

  1. When is the best time to talk about getting an adult pertussis booster vaccine?
  2. How will getting a pertussis booster (Tdap) help protect my baby?
  3. If I got vaccinated when I was a child, why do I need to do this again as an adult?
  4. Who else should get vaccinated to help protect my baby from pertussis?
  5. When is the best time to get vaccinated?
  6. Will I experience any side effects from the Tdap booster?
  7. Are there any other steps I should take to help protect my baby from pertussis?
  8. 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”