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American Academy of Pediatrics: "Cocooning" your newborn baby is recommended

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August is National Immunization Awareness month and today many new parents aren't just worried about vaccines for their bundle of joy, but also for anyone who will be around the new baby.  It's called Infant Cocooning, and experts said it's growing in popularity. 

Infant Cocooning is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

"It is an attempt to protect the youngest infants from various types of infectious disease," said Dr. Dennis Murray, American Academy of Pediatrics. 

In fact, Dr. Murray said they are recommending family members get their Pertussis, Diphtheria, and Influenza shots if they want to see or be near a newborn baby.

Most babies can not get vaccinated for Pertussis or Whooping Cough until they are two months, that is why doctors say it's important for adults to get the shot.

"A baby under six months of age is more likely to be hospitalized or die from whooping cough infection as opposed to a two-year-old or 12-year-old who gets ill and has a bad cough," said Dr. Ari Brown, Author of Baby 411.  "It's a fine policy as a new parent to say 'I don't want you to come visit unless you are, in fact, protected' and I think you would get a pediatricians' seal of approval by asking those family members who really care about you and your baby to be protected."

Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting all child care workers roll up their sleeves for shots too, not just for Pertussis, but for influenza as well.

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