|Grandma, what a big whooping cough you have.|
Fast forward to this year. Baby G is due to be born in mid-October. A couple of weeks ago Son Brian sent me a text asking if Hubby Tony and I were up to date on our TDAP (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, or whooping cough) shots. I told him we weren't, but it would be taken care of. Tonight I stopped by a Walgreen's clinic and did just that.
I hadn't realized that infants are particularly vulnerable to whooping cough, especially until they're fully vaccinated at around six months. Eighty percent of babies that get the disease catch it from someone at home. The CDC recommends getting the shot at least two weeks before having contact with the infant, so I could have put off this task for a while. I'm just so darn excited, though!