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Tdap in Pregnancy Toolkit

The death of a local 5-week-old infant from pertussis (see County News Center story) is a sad reminder of the seriousness of pertussis infection in young infants. Infants who are three months of age and younger are most vulnerable to serious complications from pertussis, but they are too young to receive pertussis vaccination.

Maternal immunization is the most effective way to decrease an infant's risk of pertussis. Tdap vaccine is recommended for every pregnant women, for each pregnancy, between 27 and 36 weeks. After immunization, maternal antibodies can protect the newborn against pertussis during the first two to three months of life, before infants can begin receiving their own DTaP vaccine series.

Letter From Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer, On The Importance of Tdap Vaccine For Pregnant Women

Letter From Karen Smith, M.D., M.P.H., State Public Health Officer, On Implementing Prenatal Tdap Program

This Prenatal Tdap Toolkit includes resources to help providers promote the health of their prenatal patients by receiving a Tdap in the third trimester. We urge you to use the materials in this toolkit to develop a program to assure that each patient receives Tdap during each pregnancy.

Downloadable materials:

Information for a Healthy Pregnancy
(IMM-887.pdf) - English

Information for a Healthy Pregnancy
(IMM-887S.pdf) - Spanish

Expecting? Protect yourself and your baby against flu and whooping cough!
(IMM-1146.pdf) - English

Expecting? Protect yourself and your baby against flu and whooping cough!
(IMM-1146S.pdf) - Spanish

Your baby may be at risk for flu and whooping cough
(IMM-1145) - English

Your baby may be at risk for flu and whooping cough
(IMM-1145S) - Spanish

Getting your whooping cough vaccine in your 3rd trimester...helps protect your baby from the start
(p-before-and-after-protect.pdf) -English

The whooping cough vaccine I got during my 3rd trimester will help protect my baby starting at her first breath
(p-first-breath.pdf) - English

Vaccines recommended during pregnancy
(IMM-1143.pdf) - English

Standing Orders for Administering Tdap to Pregnant Women (p3078b.pdf) - English

Infant Pertussis cases <3 months of age (based on disease onset), by county - California 2014-15
(Infant%20pertussis% 20cases%20by%20county_2014-2015.pdf) - English

Making a strong vaccine referral to pregnant women
(fs-hcp-tdap-vaccine-referral.pdf) - English

Health Coverage Programs for Pregnant Women: Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal Access Program and Covered California

Physician Script Concerning Tdap Vaccination and Coding Information

Frequently Asked Questions for Pregnant Women Concerning Tdap Vaccination

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) Vaccine Information Statement
(http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/ vis-statements/tdap.pdf)

DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) Vaccine Information Statement (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/dtap.pdf)

Web pages:

CDC Vaccine Safety - Tdap Vaccine Safety for Mother and Infant web page
(http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/ hcp/vaccine-safety.html)

CDC Vaccine Effectiveness - Tdap Effectiveness for Infant if Mother Vaccinated during Pregnancy web page (http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/hcp/vaccine-effectiveness.html)

CDC Pregnancy and Whooping Cough - Answering Patient Questions

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