Share This Special Valentine
Feb 14, 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day!  A day when we send flowers, give chocolate and share kisses.  And who doesn’t love to kiss the sweet, soft skin of a precious little baby?

BUT WAIT!

Let’s remember…NO KISSES!  
(Unless – of course – everyone is up to date on their Tdap boosters.)
See, those kisses can be deadly to little babies if they spread whooping cough.  So, for Valentine’s Day this year, don’t just show your love with flowers and chocolate.  If you really want to show how much you care, share this colorful infographic from the CDC.  It shows the three important steps that expectant parents can take to give their babies the best protection from whooping cough, including the recent recommendation that pregnant women get a Tdap shot during every pregnancy.

whooping-coughinfographic

Last year, the United States experienced a record high number of whooping cough cases.  With more than 41,000 reported cases in 2012, it was a near 60-year record high. Although whooping cough can be serious for anyone, it can be deadly for babies. Statistics show that about half of infants who get whooping cough will end up in the hospital and sadly, the majority of deaths from whooping cough last year occurred among infants younger than 3 months.
So share this clever infographic with everyone you know.  Because by getting an adult Tdap booster, we can protect the youngest and most vulnerable amongst us.  Those precious babies.


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