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An infant receiving his scheduled vaccination. (Amanda Mills/CDC)
An infant receiving his scheduled vaccination. (Amanda Mills/CDC)

An eight-week-old baby died from pertussis, also known as whooping cough — a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease.

Since infants get their first pertussis vaccination at two months, new guidelines recommend vaccinating pregnant women and adults in contact with infants as a strategy for protecting newborns.

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This segment aired on May 1, 2012.

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