Safety, Effectiveness of Tdap Vaccine in Pregnant Women Questionable

The Tdap vaccine is a combination of the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines into a single shot. In October 2011, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put forth a new recommendation for pregnant women to receive one dose of Tdap after 20 weeks gestation in an effort to prevent pertussis (whooping cough) in newborn infants.1 The federal recommendation was made after reported whooping cough outbreaks in several states in 2010 and 2011

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