Pregnant women between 28-38 weeks pregnant are being asked to get vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis). This is due to a sharp rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the UK, and eight babies dying from whooping cough recently.
Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant may help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough the first few weeks of its life. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass onto your baby through the placenta, in a similar way that food and oxygen does. Babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old in the UK, so this acclimation will give them immunity pre and post birth.
Find out more about the whooping cough vaccination from NHS Choices