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May 5, 2014 1:44 PM by NBC News

Pregnant women urged to get whooping cough vaccine

New research boosts the recommendation that all pregnant women be given the T-Dap, or whooping cough, vaccine.

The study, out of the National Institutes of Health, found vaccinating pregnant women was safe, and babies born to vaccinated women had higher levels of antibodies against whooping cough.

This is important because babies can't get the vaccine until they are two months old. Whooping cough can cause severe illness in infants exposed to the bacteria.

Researchers say mothers who were vaccinated increased the chance their child would be protected from whooping cough at a time they are the most vulnerable.

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