The Birth Center
The Birth Center
Mission Hospital would like to partner in your baby’s healthcare
by providing the following important information concerning immunizations.
There are standard and recommended immunizations to protect you and your
baby from vaccine preventable diseases.
Tdap (Whooping Cough Vaccine)
It is very important that women receive the Tdap Vaccine, whopping cough
vaccine, in the third trimester of every pregnancy. The Tdap vaccine immunizes
for Pertussis, also known as whooping cough. It is a highly contagious
bacterial illness spread by coughing and sneezing. People sick with pertussis
have severe coughing attacks that can last for months.
You will need the whopping cough vaccine during
each of your pregnancies. The best time to get the shot is your
th through 36
th week of pregnancy
. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends this protocol and
this recommendation is supported by the American College of Obstetricians
You should get the whopping cough vaccine while pregnant, each pregnancy,
to pass protection to your baby.
Discuss this very important recommendation with your physician.
Offered during the flu season, receiving an influenza vaccine each year
is the single best way to protect mother’s health for the flu.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Protects against a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver.
The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong
infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure
It is very important to discuss vaccinations with your physician, prior
to your delivery, so you are prepared to make a decision upon arriving
to Mission for your birth.
Please refer to the CDC’s website for additional information on immunizations at