What are the beneﬁts of 3-in-1 Vaccination during pregnancy?
Infants are not adequately protected especially against Pertussis at birth.
Pertussis vaccination begins only at 6-8 weeks of age, putting them at risk of
Pertussis disease and complications at birth or in the ﬁrst few months of life.
Vaccination during pregnancy helps pass on protection from the mother to
the newborn baby against Pertussis.
What is Pertussis?
Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory
infection which can be very serious, especially for newborn babies.
The most common symptoms an infant is likely to present with are cough with
or without associated whoop, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms which
may be difficult to diagnose.
How can my baby catch Pertussis?
Pertussis is spread through the air by infectious droplets so it is easily transmitted
by an infected person through sneezing or coughing, to others. Mothers are the main
source of Pertussis infection for newborns. They can also get infected from older brothers
or sisters, other family members or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
What could happen if my baby got Pertussis?
Pertussis can cause serious and sometimes deadly complications in babies and young infants
less than 2 months of age. Infants and young children can be distressed and may turn
blue due to difficulty in breathing. In very young babies the cough may not be particularly
noticeable, but there may be brief periods when they stop breathing. 90% of infants
less than 2 months of age with Pertussis require hospitalization.
Are there any side effects of 3-in-1 vacciantion?
Based on the available evidence, 3-in-1 Vaccination during pregnancy is found to be generally
well tolerated. The most common side effects observed include mild to moderate pain, swelling
and redness at the injection site.
What are the other ways to protect my newborn against Pertussis?
There are different strategies to prevent Pertussis in young infants which includes vaccination
of mothers, family members and close contacts. Please contact your doctor for more details.
When should I receive 3-in-1 Vaccination during pregnancy?
Please contact your gynaecologist for more details on the appropriate time to receive 3-in-1
vaccination during pregnancy.