I was offered the TDaP by my OB (I’m pregnant) and together...

Question: 

I was offered the TDaP by my OB (I’m pregnant) and together we looked up the insert for Adacel (Cdn brand of TDaP) and saw it listed as Pregnancy Category C. Why should I accept the vaccine if the manufacturer itself seems its safety questionable for my baby?

Answer: 

Unfortunately, we don’t know the exact package insert you read and cannot comment regarding the manufacturer’s document. However, inactivated vaccines, such as Tdap (Adacel), are generally considered safe in pregnancy.

A number of studies in recent years have shown that the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine is safe when given in pregnancy and is effective in preventing whooping cough (pertussis) in newborns. After careful review of these studies, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended that all pregnant women get the pertussis vaccine to help protect the baby after birth. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada also recommends that all pregnant women get the pertussis vaccine.

The pertussis vaccine is recommended for pregnant women in many countries, including the U.S, Australia, and New Zealand.

You can find more information on vaccines and pregnancy here.
 

 

Date last updated: 
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019