Women should receive a dose of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine with each pregnancy, according to guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This recommendation applies regardless of whether the mother-to-be is an adolescent or adult.

Specifically, the recommendation is that pregnant women receive booster doses of the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TDaP) vaccine during each pregnancy, ideally between the 27th and 36th weeks of their pregnancy.

According to the CDC, there are roughly 10,000-25,000 pertussis cases reported each year and about 10-20 deaths.