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Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ACOG has created the following graphic and accompanying text to assist ob-gyns and other women’s health care providers in communicating the importance of maternal immunization with pregnant women outside of the office setting. This free graphic will allow you to share accessible, evidence-based information on prenatal tdap vaccination with your patients all on the trusted web platforms associated with your practice.

Download this graphic and post on your practice website, patient portal, or practice Facebook or Twitter page to ensure patients have access to accurate information on maternal immunization when they leave your office. Additionally, the detailed text below is available for you to copy and paste to include alongside the graphic on your website or patient portal, or as the body of a social media post that features the graphic.

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Graphic: Pregnant? Top 3 reasons why you need the Tdap Vaccine

Protect Your Baby and Yourself: Get the Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy

Have you heard about whooping cough? It’s a serious disease that can be deadly for babies. Babies with whooping cough (also called pertussis) have violent coughing fits and a hard time breathing. 

You can help protect your baby from whooping cough by getting the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) during pregnancy. The vaccine creates antibodies that are passed to your fetus. After you give birth, the antibodies protect your newborn until his or her first whooping cough vaccine at age two months. 

The best time for you to get the vaccine is between 27 and 36 weeks of each pregnancy. It helps to get the vaccine as early in this window as possible. 
Remember, all pregnant women should get the Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy. It is a safe and smart step to take to protect your baby’s health. 

If you have more questions about Tdap, talk with your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional.

References

  1. Update on Immunization and Pregnancy: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccination. Committee Opinion No. 718. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. September 2017.
  2. Pertussis (Whooping Cough). National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Bacterial Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 7, 2017. Accessed April 4, 2019.

This resource was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, 6 NU38OT000287-01-02, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.