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Pregnancy dose of Tdap vs. “cocooning”
In June 2013, a study published in the journal Pediatrics assessed the best method for preventing infant pertussis by investigating two strategies: 1) immunizing pregnant women with a dose of Tdap vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks’ gestation or 2) immunizing parents and close contacts with Tdap vaccine after the baby is delivered, commonly referred to as “cocooning.” The results showed that immunizing pregnant women with one dose of Tdap vaccine was more successful in preventing pertussis disease and hospitalizations in infants.
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