Tdap Vaccines: Do I Need to be Vaccinated for Every Pregnancy?
It is recommended that expecting mothers receive the Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy, regardless of the time interval between those pregnancies. OB/GYN Amanda Henne, MD, explains that this helps protect your baby.
Dr. Henne says, "There is some research that shows that there is a rapid decrease in the amount of antibodies in our bodies approximately two to three years after receiving the vaccine. For this reason, it is recommended that a patient receives the Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy, regardless of the time interval between those pregnancies."
"This helps to make sure that there is a maximum number of antibodies that are being transferred over to the baby, so that there will be antibodies present at birth in order to help protect the newborn."
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