Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccines use while Breastfeeding
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccines Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several health professional organizations state that vaccines given to a nursing mother do The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several health professional organizations state that vaccines given to a nursing mother do not affect the safety of breastfeeding for mothers or infants and that breastfeeding is not a contraindication to DTP vaccine. Women who have not received acellular pertussis vaccine with tetanus and reduced diphtheria toxoids (Tdap) previously should be vaccinated with Tdap as soon as feasible in the postpartum period, even if they are breastfeeding, as long as they have not been vaccinated with tetanus and reduced diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine within the past 2 years. After vaccination, anti-pertussis antibodies appear in milk within 1 to 2 weeks.
Breastfeeding also appears to reduce infant side effects associated with routine childhood immunization. Breastfed infants should be vaccinated according to the routine recommended schedules.
Maternal Levels. Women who were within 24 hours postpartum received either 0.5 mL of Tdap vaccine (Adacel, Sanofi Pasteur; n = 39) or no vaccine (n = 11). Colostrum or breast milk and blood samples were collected at baseline and 7, 10, 14, and 28 days after vaccination. Breastmilk IgA levels against pertussis toxoid peaked at day 10 postpartum, then slowly decreased. Breast milk antibody levels against the other antipertussis vaccine components, filamentous hemagglutinin and fimbriae types 2 and 3, reached a plateau during days 10 to 14 and then slowly decreased. Breast milk antibody levels against another antipertussis vaccine component, pertactin, peaked on day 14 and then decreased by day 28.
Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects in Breastfed Infants
Limited data indicate that breastfeeding can enhance the response of the infant to certain vaccine antigens. Breastfed infants are also less likely to have fever and may be less likely to experience anorexia and reduced energy intake after routine childhood immunization than those who are not breastfed.
One study of previously vaccinated infants found that at 21 to 40 months of age breastfed infants had higher IgG levels against diphtheria, higher secretory IgA levels in saliva against diphtheria and tetanus and higher fecal IgM against tetanus than formula-fed infants.
Possible Effects on Lactation
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
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Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccines Identification
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