If you’re pregnant or planning to conceive, it’s time to give your immunization history some attention.
Some vaccine-preventable infections can pose a serious risk to your health and your unborn baby’s. Check with your doctor to see what you may be missing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more advice and information on its website. Visit the CDC Pregnancy and Vaccination page.
Important Information on Pertussis (whooping cough)
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that poses a severe health risk and potential death to infants who can catch it from adults who do not know they are ill with pertussis. During the 2011 Legislative Session the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 249, requiring each hospital in the state of Georgia to provide parents of newborns educational information on pertussis disease and the availability of a vaccine to protect against the disease. This law went into effect July 1, 2011.
It is also very important that pregnant women get vaccinated against pertussis.
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Get more information from the CDC about Pregnancy and Whooping Cough.