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"My pregnancy was already complicated by my diabetes. I did not want it to get more complicated by coming down with the flu. Having a thimerosal-free vaccine made it even easier to decide to get a flu shot."

- Bindi, mom of a 1-year-old girl

Stop Whooping Cough: Get a Tdap shot!

Whooping cough disease (also called pertussis) is very dangerous for newborns, but they are too young to be immunized. Newborns most often catch whooping cough from a family member.

Get a Tdap shot (whooping cough booster shot) in your 3rd trimester (27-36 weeks of pregnancy, at the earliest opportunity during this window) during EVERY pregnancy. The protection you get from Tdap also passes to your baby in the womb.

This will help protect your baby during the most vulnerable period, until it's time to get the first whooping cough vaccine at 6-8 weeks of age.

You Need a Flu Shot!

During pregnancy, the flu is more likely to cause serious health problems for you and your baby. A flu shot during pregnancy is a safe and easy way to protect both you and your baby from the influenza virus.

To learn more about pregnancy and the flu, visit the March of Dimes website.

Traveling out of the United States?

Talk with your doctor about shots to protect you from diseases that are still common in other parts of the world.

For more information you can go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traveler’s health website.

Good News!

The protection you get from these shots is also passed on to your baby during pregnancy. This will help protect your newborn until she’s old enough to be vaccinated.

Last modified on: 11/20/2015 4:18 PM