DTaP vaccination, one of the recommended childhood immunizations, protects children against pertussis infection. DTaP vaccine can be safely given to infants. Five DTaP vaccines are recommended. They are usually given to children at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years.
The Tdap vaccine should be given at age 11 or 12.
During a pertussis outbreak, unimmunized children under age 7 should not attend school or public gatherings, and should be isolated from anyone known or suspected to be infected. This should last until 14 days after the last reported case.
It is also recommended that adults age 19 and older receive one dose of the Tdap vaccine against pertussis.
Tdap is especially important for healthcare professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months old.
Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy between 27 and 36 weeks of each pregnancy, to protect the newborn from pertussis.