UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis, reinforces CDC recommendations of immunization for all mothers

A study led by UNC's Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies in the U.S. to determine if the Tdap vaccine given to a mother will reduce the chances of her child developing pertussis during the first 18 months of life. The results show a decrease in overall cases of pertussis, and most notably, in pertussis hospitalization in infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy.

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