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CDC Panel: All Pregnant Women Should Get Whooping Cough Shot

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 11:16 a.m. MDT

A CDC panel is urging pregnant women to get the whooping cough shot. The panel hopes it will keep the rate of infants getting the whooping cough down. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) A CDC panel is urging pregnant women to get the whooping cough shot. The panel hopes it will keep the rate of infants getting the whooping cough down. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Our take: Currently, 16 people have died from whooping cough, with 32,000 cases reported. Most of the deaths were infants, according to Steven Reinberg, journalist for HeathDay. Reinberg's report on U.S. News explains why a CDC panel is urging pregnant women to get the whopping cough shot:

"All pregnant women should be vaccinated against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, preferably in their last trimester, a panel of U.S. advisers recommended Wednesday.

Getting vaccinated during pregnancy means a mother can pass immunity to whooping cough to her baby, the U.S. government panel explained. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that attacks the respiratory system.

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