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Monday
Feb182013

To Do: Get Tdap shot during EVERY pregnancy 

As I type this, my left shoulder still aches a bit from the Tdap shot I requested at my Obstetrician's visit a few days ago.  I think my Ob was a little surprised to have someone so eager for a shot, but I had just received an email highlighting the new 2013 recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices from the Center for Disease Control's stating that PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD GET A TDAP SHOT (or "booster") DURING EACH AND EVERY PREGNANCY! The new recommendation was voted on in October 2013 but just published last month.  As I near my due date, I wanted to be sure to get my Tdap shot before baby Brown makes his or her arrival.

Tdap is a combination vaccine which contains immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.  But it is the pertussis component that is driving the new recommendation for repeat doses during each pregnancy.  

Specifically, the experts recommend getting the Tdap shot toward the end of

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