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