RVNA participates in the Connecticut Cocoon Program, a public health grant that offers adults the Pertussis vaccine (Tdap) to prevent the transmission of whooping cough to infants. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be life threatening to babies, especially in their first year.
The best way to protect against pertussis is immunization. The Cocoon Program is designed to protect babies from catching the disease by vaccinating the people around them – people like their parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, child-care providers, babysitters, and healthcare providers – to prevent them from catching and transmitting the disease. This strategy provides a “cocoon of protection” for the baby until he or she is old enough to receive all of the doses of the Pertussis vaccine to be fully protected.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about babies and whooping cough, and write to RVNA or call us at 203-438-5555 x 1119 if you would like to make an appointment for your Tdap vaccine.