More new parents will get tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine

More new parents will get tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine...due to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

Health Canada already recommends that Tdap be given once to adolescents or adults...instead of a regular tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster...to increase pertussis immunity.

But the CDC is emphasizing that it's especially important for new parents or close contacts of infants...to prevent spreading pertussis to the infant. Infants are at risk of getting severe pertussis until they are immunized.

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