Whooping cough vaccine recommended for pregnant women

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Whooping cough vaccine recommended for pregnant women

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A federal advisory panel is recommending all pregnant women get a whooping cough vaccine.

That's because this year is on track to be the worst for whooping cough since the 1950s.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been more than 32,000 cases nationwide and 16 deaths.

The vaccine would protect newborns who are too young to get the shot.

It's only the second time vaccines have been recommended for pregnant women, as expectant moms are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot as well.

The federal government is expected to adopt the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations.

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