Ahead of the start to flu season, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said not enough pregnant women are getting vaccinated against flu and pertussis (whooping cough), two diseases known to put mothers and their babies at high risk for complications.

The CDC detailed the gap in protection and what’s at stake today in a Vital Signs report that appears in an early edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The CDC recommends that all pregnant women be vaccinated against flu during any trimester of each pregnancy and that women receive the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine at the start of the third trimester of each pregnancy.

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