What are the CDC recommendations on diphtheria vaccinations for pregnant patients?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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The CDC also recommends that pregnant patients greater than 20 weeks’ gestation be given Tdap during pregnancy or shortly after delivery. [29] CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recently recommended that pregnant patients greater than 20 weeks’ gestation receive Tdap regardless of previous Tdap history. [30] This allows maternal antibodies to pass on to the fetus, giving protection for the few months of life.


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