French health authorities recommend the whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women to protect their newborns

If vaccination is not possible during pregnancy, Haute Autorité de Santé recommends that those around the baby and its mother be vaccinated as soon as possible after the baby is born.

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So far, only those around children have been encouraged to be vaccinated against whooping cough. From now on, future mothers too, as announced by the High Authority for Health (HAS) In a press release Tuesday 12th April. Pregnant women from the second trimester should be vaccinated according to the HAS, which believes that this vaccination allows newborns to be protected from birth against this disease that is especially dangerous to infants.

“If vaccination cannot be performed during pregnancy, HAS recommends maintaining the cocooning strategy, which is to vaccinate the family and mother as soon as possible when the baby is born.”the foundation said in its press release.

Whooping cough, which is caused by a bacterium, is a particularly contagious disease that leads to severe coughing fits for several weeks. In the majority of patients, it is not considered serious but may cause sometimes fatal complications in the young.

Until then, French health authorities had only recommended direct vaccination of young children and not pregnant women.

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