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Protect Against Pertussis- Get Vaccinated Today

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in New Jersey and across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The disease is most severe in infants. That’s why pregnant women (in their third trimester) are encouraged to get the Tdap vaccine to protect themselves and their babies. The vaccine should not be administered to pregnant women in the first or second trimester.

Anyone coming into contact with newborns- parents, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers- are encouraged to get a Pertussis booster shot to protect infants from the potentially fatal disease.

There are two vaccines that protect from Pertussis, the DTaP and Tdap.

DTaP is for children 2 months old- 7 years old.
Tdap is for pregnant women (in third trimester), children 7 years old and older, and adults.

Vaccines are given at a doctor’s office, local health department, or pharmacy.

Pertussis symptoms are similar to the common cold but last longer.
Symptoms include:
•Violent and rapid cough
•Blue lips and tongue
•Watery eyes

Visit the CDC to hear what whooping cough sounds like; find locations to get vaccines, and more.
Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough.