Powless said the CDC also recommends pregnant women receive a vaccination for rubella, also known as German measles.
“The intent is to build a cocoon of immunization around pregnant women,” she said. “The baby receives protection through the mother before birth and after through breastfeeding.”
Dr. Maryann Chimhanda of St. Joseph Hospital said women trying to get pregnant should receive a Tdap vaccination.
She said most people receive a Tdap vaccination between the ages of 7 and 18 and should get a booster as an adult. Chimhanda said once an inoculation is received as an adult for pertussis, another vaccination is not necessary.
“This is all being done to protect the babies,” Chimhanda said.
Karen Long, a public health nurse with the Howard County Health Department, said the change in the recommendation is so the immunity will transfer to the baby.
“The recommendation for a women to get a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy is a change from the former guidelines,” Long said.