You asked: Should I allow grandparents without the pertussis vaccine near my baby?

Newborns are especially vulnerable to severe complications from the disease, so doctors suggest that anyone who’s going to be in close contact with newborns and isn’t up-to-date also get a booster: fathers, siblings and even visiting grandparents.

Do I need a whooping cough shot to be around a newborn?

If a child will be around the baby and is not up to date with their whooping cough shots (called DTaP vaccine), they should get vaccinated. Preteens, teens, and adults who will be around the baby and have not already had a whooping cough booster shot (called Tdap vaccine) should get vaccinated.

Is Tdap vaccine necessary for grandparents?

Grandparents and others need to be up to date on the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine at least two weeks before meeting a newborn to protect against the potentially deadly disease.

Do relatives need whooping cough vaccine?

A booster dose of adult whooping cough vaccine is recommended for all parents of newborns. Grandparents and other carers in contact with children who are less than six months old should also have an adult pertussis booster, even if they have been infected with whooping cough in the past.

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Do grandparents have to get whooping cough vaccine?

Everyone who spends time around babies needs this vaccine.

It’s not just grandparents who need a whooping cough vaccine. The bottom line is that anyone who spends time around babies, especially newborns, should make sure all their vaccinations are current.

How often do grandparents need Tdap?

When to get it:

A single shot of Tdap is recommended in place of your next Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster, which is given every 10 years.

How soon after Tdap can I be around baby?

All adults and adolescents at least 11 years old who have not previously received a Tdap vaccination, should be vaccinated at least 2 weeks before coming into close contact with a newborn. This includes, for example, fathers, siblings, grandparents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Is the Tdap vaccine necessary?

Studies estimate that diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccines protect nearly all people (95 in 100) for approximately 10 years. Protection decreases over time, so adults need to get a Td or Tdap booster shot every 10 years to stay protected.

What vaccines should adults get before being around newborns?

All close contacts to the newborn should be vaccinated with the annual influenza vaccine at least 2 weeks before meeting the baby. They should also have had Tdap in the last 10 years. If they have not received that vaccine, they should get a Tdap booster at least 2 weeks before meeting the baby.

Should aunts and uncles get Tdap vaccine?

Individuals in Close Contact with Newborns – Besides pregnant women, anyone who has close contact with babies – including grandparents, aunts and uncles, as well as healthcare workers – should receive a shot of Tdap if they haven’t already received it.

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What are the dangers of whooping cough vaccine?

The most common side effects from the DTaP vaccine include:

  • Fever (up to about 1 out of 4 children)
  • Redness or swelling where the shot was given (up to about 1 out of 4 children)
  • Soreness or tenderness where the shot was given (up to about 1 out of 4 children)

How long should you wait before visiting a family with a new baby?

If the new parents have said they don’t want visitors at the hospital, stay away. If they’ve requested a week alone before any visits, keep your distance until the seven days are up.

When can you see a baby without whooping cough vaccine?

Yes. Babies cannot be immunised against whooping cough until they are six weeks of age.