Dr. Fiona Havers, an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has written an article for the parents-to-be website The Bump pointing to the low participation rates among pregnant for getting the whooping cough vaccine. Dr. Havers, who received her MHS from the Bloomberg School in 2012, is a medical officer in the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In the piece, she notes that in 2017 only half (50.4 percent) of pregnant women received a whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) during their pregnancy.
Dr. Havers writes that “Getting vaccinated while pregnant is important because babies don’t receive the childhood whooping cough vaccine (DTaP) until they’re 2 months old. CDC findings show Tdap vaccination during the third trimester of pregnancy prevents more than 3 in 4 cases of whooping cough in babies younger than 2 months old. That means getting a Tdap vaccine during pregnancy is highly effective in protecting babies until they’re old enough to start getting their own whooping cough vaccine.”