We’re halfway through World Immunization Week and I wanted to take a brief moment to remind everyone with a new baby (or even a not-so new baby) or a friend with a baby or a relative with a baby or a caregiver to a baby to go and get their TdaP shot if they haven’t already done so.
Why? Pertussis + infant = badness. Adult have waning or absent immunity to pertussis if boosters haven’t been given. Adults may not know they have pertussis…they might think it’s just a pesky cough or a worse cold than usual. There are pertussis outbreaks all over the freakin’ place.
Now turn off the computer, get ye to your doctor’s office and get your TdaP. If your doc (like my MILs) tells you that you don’t need one, tell them you accidentally stepped on a rusty nail. Seriously. Why bring a new mum a casserole if it comes with a side of pertussis for her baby? And does your friend’s baby really need another novelty onsie? Why don’t you give her or him the gift of cocooning their newborn as if it were your own.