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National Immunization Awareness Month

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Why Should You and Your Family Members Get Immunized?

Anyone can get pertussis, but the disease is especially dangerous to infants, who suffer the most serious and deadly complications. Moms, dads, siblings, and other adults who have regular contact with an infant, should be vaccinated against pertussis.

Parents are responsible for more than half of pertussis cases in infants. It is easily spread because it's most contagious during the first few weeks of infections when symptoms may resemble a cold. A parent, grandparent, babysitter, or other children in the family suffering from what seems like a cold, can actually have pertussis or whooping cough and spread the infection to your baby.

Create a circle of safety

Parents, caregivers, and other family members should be vaccinated to help "cocoon" babies and young children when they are most vulnerable to the dangers of pertussis.

Vaccine-preventable diseases have costly consequences resulting in doctor's visits, hospitalizations and lost time from work. Losing should not be an option. Be a 'Winner' and get your Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) booster today!

This vaccine has been specifically formulated for adults and has been licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended a single booster of Tdap for adults, especially those who are in close contact with infants 12 months of age or younger.

Did You Know?

In the state of Michigan, less than 5% of adults are fully immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough. If you do your part and get a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccination instead of a regular Tetanus shot, you can help increase pertussis awareness and help close the gap in unvaccinated individuals. Ask your health care professional today for additional information about pertussis and how serious this disease can be to you and your family.

Learn the facts, share the facts and save lives:

To view the recommended immunization schedule for each family member, please visit cdc.gov.

Sources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How Vaccines Prevent Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010.
  2. Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). Adolescent Immunization Toolkit: Tools & Resources for Vaccinating Adolescents in Michigan. Michigan Department of Community Health, 2010.
  3. Sanofi Pasteur. Pertussis Protection Around the Whole Family. Sanofi Pasteur, 2010.

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