The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has a new program aimed at preventing cases of infant pertussis. Our state continues to see record numbers of reported pertussis cases each year. ISDH is particularly concerned because 50 percent of infants under one year of age who acquire pertussis are hospitalized.
The program offers free doses of Tdap to expectant family members and household contacts. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in 2012 recommended vaccinating all pregnant women at 27 to 36 weeks of gestation. Also, ACIP recommends vaccinating all close contacts of newborns.
You can obtain free educational materials for patients in both English and Spanish online at the Indiana vaccination site.
To get started receiving the free Tdap vaccine, refer to the “Eligibility Statement” here.
And complete the Enrollment Request located here.