dTpa vaccine is recommended as a single dose in each pregnancy, ideally early in the 3rd trimester. This helps prevent pertussis in pregnant women and their newborns (see Pertussis).

See Table. Recommendations for vaccines that are routinely recommended in pregnancy: inactivated vaccines in Vaccination for women who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding for more details.

Breastfeeding women can receive dT or dTpa vaccines.

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Last updated: 
4 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
4 June 2018

Definitions

dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
dT
diphtheria-tetanus vaccine for use in adults