San Francisco Department of Public Health

Pregnant? Get Vaccinated to Protect Your Baby from Pertussis

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is an easily spread infectious disease. It can cause coughing fits that make it hard to breathe. Young babies can get very sick, very fast if they get pertussis. Vaccination is the best way to prevent pertussis. The pertussis vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap.

  • Women need a Tdap shot each time they are pregnant.
  • Pregnant women need a Tdap shot during their third trimester of pregnancy (27 – 36 weeks), even if they were vaccinated before pregnancy.
  • When the mother gets a Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, it gives the baby immunity (protection)  from whooping cough until the baby can get its own shots.

In addition to the pregnancy Tdap dose, babies, adolescents, and adults are all recommended to get pertussis vaccine. Protection from vaccination decreases over time. Talk to your doctor to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccines.

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BAAHI Publishes Black/African American Health Report

The Black/African American Health Initiative (B/AAHI) has issued its 2018 Report on the Health of Black/African Americans in San Francisco. Although San Franciscans are healthier than Americans in many other parts of the country, Black/African American (B/AA) San Franciscans, have persistently had poorer health than their fellow residents.

Based on the most recent data, Black and African American infants are five times more likely than White infants to die before their first birthday. This health disparity continues through adulthood. Life expectancy for Black/African Americans is the lowest of all race/ethnicities in San Francisco. A B/AA resident could expect to live 72 years nearly 10 years less than White, Asian, and Latino residents who can expect to live into their 80s

The hope is that the report will persuade the broader community that widespread coordinated efforts to improve B/AA health are urgently needed. We also hope the example of our efforts will inspire partnerships and collaborations with others seeking to correct the inequities that cause the B/AA members of our community to suffer worse health and to die sooner than their fellow residents. We believe that this report can inspire hope that these gaps can be closed.

To obtain a copy of the report or to get additional information about BAAHI and its activities, please email:

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