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      Vaccination changes for moms

      The Centers for Disease Control have recently put out some new recommendations on vaccinations for pregnant women.

      The CDC has recommended some changes in what vaccines these future moms should get- in particular the Tdap.

      "It stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. It's a vaccine that covers all those illnesses. Previously it was not recommended in pregnancy but the CDC has changed that recommendation finding that it has been shown to be safe in pregnancy," said Dr. Sarah Helm, of Mercy OB/GYN Partners in Cadillac.

      Pertussis, or whooping cough, can be deadly to a baby. Doctors hope by giving the mother the vaccine during her third trimester, the baby will have a better chance of not getting sick.

      "The idea is if we give it to pregnant moms then their body will make antibodies from their immune system, they'll be passed on to the baby when the baby's still inside mom and then baby will have some of those antibodies when they're born for at least the first 6 months to help cover them," Helm said.

      The CDC recommends that mothers get the Tdap vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy since it takes at least 2 weeks for a woman's body to develop the antibodies and then pass them to the baby. Usually there is a better response if the vaccine is given in the 3rd trimester.

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