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Whooping cough jab while pg - did you? Didn't you? What were your reasons?

(38 Posts)
Gingerbreadpixie Thu 23-May-13 22:21:51

I'm 26 weeks pg and need to decide whether or not to have this jab in a few weeks time. I understand that the vaccine was previously not recommended for under 3's or pregnant women, which makes me quite wary of having it. But of course I also wouldn't want my newborn to catch WC. Myself and both siblings had WC as small children so I'm wondering if i have a natural immunity anyway? I'm a bit confused and undecided. I also have two autoimmune illnesses - T1 diabetes and hypothyroid. I don't know if that is relevant but I thought I'd add it just in case.

I am going to talk to my GP but cant get an appointment for a few weeks so I guess I'd just like to get some opinions from women who have had to make the same decision and what swayed you towards that decision?

(Ps - I'm not anti-vaccine and intend to give baby all his jabs when he's actually here.)

MrsBri Fri 24-May-13 15:35:52

You may find it doesn't get mentioned, so I'd make a note to make an appointment when you get to 28 weeks. I wasn't told / reminded; I had to just use my initiative!

Same with the flu jab. I just got that done in early pregnancy without being prompted.

bigkidsdidit Fri 24-May-13 15:38:28

yes it wasn't offered to me, I had to phone my GP to arrange myself

Gingerbreadpixie Fri 24-May-13 16:07:03

Thank you all for the replies. It's really helpful to hear so many of you had it and were happy to do so.

FoofFighter - I thought I had read that it's the pre-school booster version of the vaccination that pregnant women are given. Not the "baby" version. Though I'm fully aware that just because I read it doesn't make it so! Prob a question for my doctor.

And also that the US version is not the same jab because our version also contains Polio.

I have my GP appointment booked to discuss it in a few weeks time so I'll jot down any questions I might have and hopefully she can answer them.

ReikiMummy Fri 24-May-13 16:16:14

To all of those of you who are due to go have the jab.... ASK THE NURSE TO PUT A LITTLE PLASTER ON IT AFTERWARDS!!

Am not a happy bunny. I "leaked" red stuff all over my shirt I found when I got home.

sad

New shirt as well.

Snowflakepie Fri 24-May-13 16:32:33

I had it. It is definitely the baby version, given at 2,3,4 months. Yes it does contain the polio and diphtheria vaccines as well but that's apparently the only option.

Either way, I could never live with myself had I not had the jab and then something happened. My brother had WC as a baby and was desperately ill. He recovered but still suffers horrendous chest infections every winter, even in his 30s. Maybe not related but its a horrible illness which can cause damage if not death. I had it done at 30 weeks and my arm was very sore for a few days, couldn't lift it above my head but then it went. A small thing to suffer really.

I also had the flu jab at 6 weeks with no issues. When I was expecting DD (now 3.5) the big scare around bird flu was going on and I thought long and hard about having the flu jab then as there were so many scare stories about it. I had it, and DD is perfect and as bright as you like. As far as I can tell at 36 weeks, DS is also ok. Certainly make sure you ask any questions if it makes you feel easier. In my case it was a nurse who gave the jabs and she was very knowledgable. As she said, it might help, it might not, but it is very very unlikely to cause issues in someone with no other health problems. That made sense to me. Good luck with your pg!

fatandlumpy Sat 25-May-13 08:34:38

Had it yesterday afternoon... got it in the right arm as I sleep on my left. Got a wee plaster too so I didn't bleed on my shirt. I didn't feel a thing at the time (truly!). Was surprised by that as it has to be into the deltoid.

The arm is a little tender this morning, but no other effects.

Queazy Sat 25-May-13 10:23:08

I'm due to get it in next couple of weeks. I think I'll just go for it - I'd rather know the baby was protected as there have been some nasty cases of this recently.

Fakebook Sat 25-May-13 10:52:38

I would definitely get it. I'm getting the flu jab too.

Gingerbreadpixie Sat 25-May-13 11:10:06

I've had a little look at the Public Health website. They have the minutes from the meeting where it was decided to go ahead with vaccinating women. There was nothing of huge concern on there but it did raise a couple of questions for my GP.

One is that it seems that Repevax is the name of the vaccine is being used for pregnant women. This is the vaccine usually only given to over 3-year-olds. The wc jabs given to small babies are Infanrix or Pediacel.

So I'm going to ask my GP why Repevax isn't recommended for small babies.

The other is that even if Repevax is given to a pregnant woman it doesn't guarantee her baby's immunity to wc. I'm going to ask GP if she knows of any cases where mum had the jab and baby still caught wc.

At the end of the day my GP is pregnant herself so I will most certainly take her guidance on this. But I don't think it hurts to ask questions.

Lydia161290 Sat 25-May-13 11:25:28

I had mine on Tuesday, it was no bother at all. I chose to get it because I don't want my child getting whooping cough and want to do everything in my power to make sure he has a healthy start.
What other people have said, it's immunity for your baby, not for you.

I was nervous about getting it, sure. I was worried in case it would harm him! The nurse was lovely and reasurred me that it's not a live vaccine and is completely safe for me and baby.

I had no side affects from the needle, bar a sore arm for a day. Baby continued kicking away and I feel good.

MrsBri Sat 25-May-13 11:29:30

Interesting BBC article about it:

m.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19751209

MrsBri Sat 25-May-13 11:30:41

If you're on a computer you may need to remove the m at the beginning of that link.

Gingerbreadpixie Sat 25-May-13 11:43:35

Thank you for that link MrsBri. Really helpful.

As a side note, in case it sounds like im really anti this vaccine, the insulin I take for my diabetes isn't licensed in pregnancy either. Just because it hasnt been around long enough and no clinical trials havent been done (unethical to do!) Yet I made the decision to stay on it for pregnancy as it is gives me the best glucose control. And good control is v important for baby's health. And I inject that several times a day!

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