Study finds pertussis vaccine OK for pregnant women

November 12, 2014 12:41 AM

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Study finds pertussis vaccine OK for pregnant women

Vaccinating pregnant women to protect their newborns against whooping cough, a resurgent infection in the United States, does not produce more birth complications, according to new findings by Minnesota researchers.

In the first large national study on the question, Dr. Elyse Kharbanda and colleagues at HealthPartners compared birth outcomes for more than 100,000 women by whether they received pertussis shots, and found no difference in rates of babies born too early or underweight.

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