Sadly Maricopa County has experienced our first death from Whooping Cough (Pertussis) since 2009. The infant, too young to be immunized(under 2 months old), most likely contracted the disease from an adult. The Maricopa County has stated “We need families to build a ‘cocoon’ around the newborn, meaning that everyone around the newborn; mom, dad, sisters, brothers, grandma, grandpa…everyone is up to date on their vaccinations, especially Tdap”.
Over time adolescents/adults lose their immunity and require an additional booster. This booster dose known as Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria & acellular Pertussis), can be given to adolescents and adults and is especially critical for people who are around newborns.
- Individuals age 10 and older need one Tdap booster to maintain their immunity.
- All persons who are close contacts of infants younger than 12 months of age (family and childcare providers) and those who have not received Tdap previously.
- Pregnant women during later pregnancy.
- Other adults who are close contacts of children younger than 12 months of age.