Physician

Physician
Physician

"Children get the DTaP vaccine, and adolescents and adults get the Tdap vaccine. Both vaccines protect against catching and spreading pertussis. I recommend that all of my adult patients get the Tdap vaccine, especially those that are pregnant or will be around a newborn."

Brother

Brother

"I had the vaccines when I was little, and I got my booster shot right before my sister was born. I'm doing my part to keep her safe!"

Mom

Mom

"Most babies who get pertussis catch it from a family member. But it is preventable. That's why we asked everyone who is around our baby to get the Tdap vaccine."

Dad

Dad

"We sent out an email and asked family and close friends to get the Tdap vaccine. Everyone was happy to help protect the baby from pertussis."

Cousin

Cousin

"I don't like getting shots, but it really wasn't that bad. And getting one shot is way better than giving a disease to my new cousin! I bet she would get a shot for me if she could!"

Nurse

Nurse

"In adults, pertussis can seem like a mild cold or cough. But to a baby, it can be deadly. When babies get the DTaP vaccine, they are not protected until their third or fourth dose (at 15-18 months). That's why anyone who is around a baby during that vulnerable time should get the Tdap vaccine."

Neighbor

Neighbor

"I love to snuggle the baby, and sometimes I even help out with the babysitting. Now that I've had the Tdap vaccine, I don't have to worry that I might pass on this deadly disease to my favorite new little neighbor."

Uncle

Uncle

"At first, I was worried about the side effects. My doctor let me know that the Tdap vaccine is completely safe. I got the Tdap vaccine at my local pharmacy."

Grandad

Grandad

"When I was growing up, we called it whooping cough. I didn't even realize there was a vaccine for adults until my daughter asked me to get it. I got the Tdap vaccine the next week. I'd hate to be responsible for giving whooping cough to my newest grandbaby!"

Grandmother

Grandmother

"When my son first asked me to get the vaccine, he told me how dangerous pertussis can be to babies. I had no idea! I made an appointment with my doctor and got the Tdap vaccine right away."

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What is pertussis? (whooping cough)

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is an infectious disease that begins like a cold and can be deadly to infants. 75% of babies that get pertussis get it from a family member who has it.

What is cocooning?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a strategy called "cocooning" to protect infants against pertussis by ensuring all close contacts of infants receive the Tdap vaccine.