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BelJo Tue 28-Jun-16 09:43:58

Hello everyone,
I'm rather new to Mumsnet, so still finding my way...! (Very much hope I'm in the right 'thread' here.)
Kicking off with a slightly controvertial topic, has anyone decided against the whooping cough vaccine being offered at 28-32 weeks pregnant, or been able to track down just a single dose of (just) whooping cough vaccine?
I am all for vaccination, but on further searches within Mumsnet I see that it's not just whooping cough antibodies given in the injection, but tetanus, diptheria and polio too (at the same time). As I say, while I very much support vaccination, my gut feeling is that these diseases don't generally get introduced to babies as a bundle 'naturally', so to be able to get a single dose of whooping cough vaccine would be great.
Has anyone any experience of this please?
Many thanks.

Greydove Tue 28-Jun-16 20:05:41

The vaccine is not available as a single in the UK

Trying2bMindful Tue 28-Jun-16 21:00:15

I didn't bother. Didn't have it with DS 4 years ago so decided not to treat the kids differently as the risk has barely changed & BF DS & plan to BF this one.
Some people don't like the analytical armadillo but she wrote a v interesting piece on this topic. Worth a read.

Trying2bMindful Wed 29-Jun-16 17:33:07

Found this tho... Good reason not to accept the vaccine in my mind. Would need to do more research to verify the findings tho

DebbieOfMaddox Wed 13-Jul-16 19:11:33

Trying2B - I caught (what turned out to be) whooping cough around a week before going into labour with DS, and pass it on to him as a newborn. Exclusive bf didn't help. If I'd had a booster in pregnancy then I wouldn't have caught it and so I wouldn't have given it to him - the figures the analytical armadillo writes, about 90% protection for the babies in terms of antibodies passed on, are fine so far as they go but I think she neglects the point that vaccinating the mother means that the mother (the person with whom the baby will be spending most time when very small) won't catch it and pass it on in the first place.

Greydove Thu 14-Jul-16 13:51:25

I expect I'm immune as I had WC in the last 5 years

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