California is experiencing an epidemic of pertussis or whooping cough and it is vital that we protect our most vulnerable populations including pregnant women and their babies.

About Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

  • Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a very contagious disease that can cause serious illness and death, especially in young infants who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Whooping cough vaccines are the safest and most effective means we have to prevent this illness.
  • Whooping cough vaccines are recommended for babies, children, adolescents and adults. It’s especially important for pregnant women.
  • Infants and young children need their recommended five shots of DTaP (the childhood whooping cough vaccine) for maximum protection.
  • Adolescent and adult booster vaccination with Tdap (the adolescent/adult whooping cough vaccine) is important for everybody, especially for pregnant women.
  • Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during the third trimester of each pregnancy. When pregnant women receive a whooping cough vaccine, their body will create protective antibodies (proteins produced by the body to fight off diseases) and pass some of them to the baby before birth. These antibodies provide the baby some short-term protection against whooping cough in early life.
  • Tdap is needed even if you were vaccinated with DTaP as a child.
  • You can get Tdap no matter when you last got your tetanus shot (Td). There’s no need to wait.

Communication Toolkit: Babies from Birth to Age 2

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Our New Location

The California Immunization Coalition is pleased to announce that we are now located at the Sierra Health Foundation located at 1331 Garden Highway in Sacramento as part of their Nonprofit Innovation Center. Please update your contact list with our new address, e-mail and phone numbers.

1331 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833
[email protected]
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We look forward to seeing you soon!


Catherine Flores Martin & Sabrina Torres-Royal
California Immunization Coalition


2014 California Immunization Coalition Summit

CIC  thanks its keynote speakers, Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, Acting Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Samuel So, MD, Director of the Stanford based Asian Liver Center . We would also like to thank all of our plenary and workshop presenters and exhibitors. With special thanks to all of our participants for another successful Summit.  Presentations have been posted.

Thank you!


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The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) has developed this website as a resource for its members and the community. It is not intended as a source of medical advice. The best source of immunization information is your health care provider. The information on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician, who will recommend treatment based on your individual facts and circumstances.



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