Pregnant women are more susceptible to contracting the seasonal flu and developing complications as their immune systems become compromised to accommodate for the fetus growing inside of them. NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center highly recommends that all pregnant women receive a flu vaccine from their primary care physicians or at flu vaccination clinics.
Tdap vaccine can protect us from these diseases. Tdap vaccine given to pregnant women can protect newborn babies against pertussis.
Tetanus (lockjaw) is rare in the United States today. It causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness, usually all over the body.
It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck so you can’t open your mouth, swallow, or sometimes even breathe. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 10 people who are infected even after receiving the best medical care.
Diphtheria is also rare in the United States today. It can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat.
It can lead to breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis, and death.
Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells, which can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep.
It can also lead to weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, which could include pneumonia or death.
Information about the Tdap vaccine via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.