How does pertussis spread?
Adolescents and adults can get pertussis, but in many
cases it looks just like a cold or the flu and is not
recognized or reported. Unfortunately, these same
adolescents or adults when around newborns and young
infants who are not immunized can infect them with
pertussis. The rates of serious complications and death
are the very highest in this young age group. All
pertussis-related deaths in 2012 occurred in infants
less than 2 months of age. Research shows that the
majority of these infants caught pertussis from a family
member or close contact. We know you don’t want to get
sick or pass this disease to your newborn.
How can I help to stop the spread of pertussis?
immunized with Tdap!!! Evidence-based research has led
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United
States, to HIGHLY RECOMMEND a pertussis “booster,”
called Tdap, for:
(10-18), especially those who are around infants
less than 12 months of age
(19 & up), especially those who are around infants less
than 12 months of age
ALL Pregnant Women
with each pregnancy between 27-36 weeks
gestation as the BEST and SAFEST option, or right after
delivery before discharge from the hospital if not
immunized with Tdap during pregnancy
ALL Health Care
Workers (anyone who works in a clinic or
hospital) get your Tdap booster today to protect
yourself, your co-workers and to those whom you provide
ALL New Parents need to encourage family
members and friends who will be in contact with their
baby to get the Tdap shot 2 weeks or more BEFORE the
baby is born to make sure immunity is in place.
When we “cocoon” the
newborn by surrounding him or her with health care
providers, parents and family members who have been
immunized against pertussis, we dramatically decrease
their chance of getting pertussis.
Thank you for making this
wise choice to protect yourself and your newborn. YOU
are making a difference in keeping Nevada healthy and
safe for our youngest citizens.
How do I know if I need a Tdap booster?
length of protection from the Tdap shot is not known
yet. It is important to make sure that you are current.
Tdap has been available since 2005, but another
immunization, Td, may still be given during emergency
room visits. This is a safe vaccine, but it does not
contain pertussis vaccine and will not protect you
against pertussis. Please ask for Tdap if you need a
tetanus shot after an accident, and it is safe to get a
Tdap immunization at any time.
You can visit
iz.record.com to view and
print your official Nevada state immunization record or
call the Nevada State Immunization Program’s NV WebIZ
Help Desk at (775) 684-5954 or toll free at (877)