Every year millions of lives are saved through vaccination
Immunisation currently prevents 2 to 3 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (also known as whooping cough), influenza and measles.1
But, did you know?
Despite vaccinations, whooping cough remains one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths worldwide.2 Most of these deaths occur in babies who have not been vaccinated or not fully vaccinated against whooping cough. 2
Babies are at highest risk of whooping cough
Whooping cough can be a serious disease for peopleof all ages but especially for babies.3 Young infants are especially vulnerable because their vaccines against whooping cough only begin at 6 weeks of age.4Research indicates that in most cases, babies contract whooping cough from someone in the household, including parents, siblings, grandparents and carers.5
Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby
It is very important to be vaccinated against whooping cough during pregnancy.5 It takes two weeks for the short-term protection to be passed on to the baby after vaccination and will protect your little one until he or she is old enough to receive their own vaccine.4
Speak to your doctor about the whooping cough vaccine approved for use in pregnancy**6,7
Vaccines can help keep you and your growing family healthy.
One of the best ways you as a parent can protect your child against potentially harmful diseases is through vaccination.8 Some of these diseases like whooping cough, are highly contagious and can be very serious or even fatal.3,8
Vaccination plays an important role throughout one’s life: pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence and even as adults, since protection wanes over time.8
- World Health Organization. Vaccines and immunization. Accessed April 8, 2021. https://www.who.int/health-topics/vaccines-and-immunization#tab=tab_1
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pertussis in other countries. Accessed April 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/countries/index.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whooping cough vaccination. Accessed April 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/vaccines.html
- Dangor Z, Lala SG. Maternal vaccination to prevent pertussis in infants. S Afr J Child Health 2016;10(3):146.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Protecting babies from whooping cough. June 2017. Accessed April 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/protection.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get the whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/get-vaccinated.html. Accessed March 11, 2021.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinating pregnant patients. June 2017. Accessed April 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/hcp/pregnant-patients.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended vaccines by age. November 2016. Accessed April 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/vaccines-age.html