January 23, 2014 5:49 pm
Updated: January 24, 2014 12:05 am

Study to vaccinate pregnant women and unborn baby against whooping cough

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There is a research study underway Canada-wide to look at whether vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough could provide protection to the unborn baby as well.

Whooping cough can be a very serious bacterial infection that causes an uncontrollable, violent cough lasting several weeks or even months. Newborn babies area at the greatest risk of developing complications, and could even die, from whooping cough.

The purpose of this study is to see whether vaccinating the mother in the third trimester while she is still pregnant could protect the baby once its born.

This study will determine if the antibodies are transferred from mother to baby through the placenta in high enough levels to provide protection to the newborn baby.

The study is looking for 50 women in B.C. There will be 10 study visits over 21 months with blood anitbody testing seven times for the mom and baby.

For those who are interested in participating in the study contact study nurse Lilija at whri@cw.bc.ca or call 604-875-2424 ext. 4796.

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