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Whooping cough jab- YEY OR NEY

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YummyMummy17 Mon 22-Apr-13 18:26:53

Hi ladies I didn't have this with DS but with the understanding it is becoming more common I'm not sure wether to have the jab or not...

What's everyone's opinions / experiences with this....

YummyMummy17 Sat 27-Apr-13 07:55:54

Thank you everyone for all your input! I will be having the jab smile

Tbh I wasn't not going to have it I just didn't feel too fully informed on it to make a decision, but now I am :-) i am glad I wrote this too as I can see from comments some women hadn't even heard of it or been offered the jab so I am certainly over the moon there is some possibility that this helped someone grin

Thanks again everyone! thanksgringringrin

TheFalconsmistress Thu 25-Apr-13 16:03:31

I nearly died as a baby when i had my whooping cough Jab so i am not getting it just in case i react again sad

madamecake Thu 25-Apr-13 15:48:44

I'm having it on Monday. Midwife didn't mention it to me, but just rang my GP. I'll be 36 weeks.

yellowhousewithareddoor Thu 25-Apr-13 15:27:47

Yup - really really really horrid. It gives me the shivers just thinking about that time of life, wondering if my 9 week old would survive each time she stopped breathing.

I just don't think some people realise how dangerous the illnesses are.

KirstyoffEastenders Thu 25-Apr-13 13:55:21


KirstyoffEastenders Thu 25-Apr-13 13:55:01

I read this cautionary tale today in the Gaurdian, I would say definitely get it done, the illness sounds horrendous.

janey1234 Thu 25-Apr-13 13:52:57

Your immunity wears off over time: that's a proven fact. I had whooping cough as a child but had the injection last week as I no longer would have had immunity.

As far as I'm concerned, I'd hate myself if I didn't do all I could to prevent my child contracting a serious illness.

GrandPoohBah Thu 25-Apr-13 13:49:18

I had the inoculation at about 30 weeks.

I also got whooping cough. I think I had probably been exposed before the jab.

Giving birth when I was that ill was not fun. My stomach muscles hurt before labour! Nor was the hernia I had, or the poor pelvic floor (weeing when coughing, and when vomiting from coughing). And almost collapsing when out in town with my new baby because I couldn't breathe...

Seriously. If there's any chance that the immunisation will stop you or your baby getting it, have the injection.

mamameme Thu 25-Apr-13 13:37:55

I have no links, only what my mw told me at my appt on Tuesday. It would cross the placenta - but there is no guarantee the baby actually benefits from it, hence the newborn tests....

I am still undecided whether to have it or not....i had it when i was a child - surely that makes me immune anyway so wouldnt my antibodies already be being passed to my baby?

Food for thought?

I would never advise anyone either way on it - its down to personal choice and i wouldnt judge anyone what ever they decided

harleyd Thu 25-Apr-13 13:33:08

i'll be having it

FoofFighter Thu 25-Apr-13 13:29:24

The NHS guidance states that it passes through the placenta

So what links have you got that say otherwise?

FoofFighter Thu 25-Apr-13 13:28:05

Why would they be doing it otherwise though mamameme? Why the expense if it has no effect?

mamameme Thu 25-Apr-13 12:51:43

i have been told that there is no evidence that the jab actually passes any immunity to your baby. Yes, you get the immunity but no evidence to show the baby does. I beleive tests are being carried out on newborns to see if they are immune

looneytune Wed 24-Apr-13 21:07:39

I've phoned the surgery and they were surprised the jab hadn't been mentioned so I got it booked and am having it tomorrow. Without MN wouldn't have known about the jab and without this thread, I wouldn't have realised I should really have it sorted by now so thanks smile

Back to OP, never any question of whether or not to have it for me. If it as for ME then I might not have but as it's for baby, as much as I hate jabs, I'm going ahead with it.

daholster Wed 24-Apr-13 19:28:01

Hello! Just wanted to say as far as understand it is most effective for baby if given after 28 weeks of pregnancy because mums immunity is all set up and active from it, so the antibodies from mum go through to baby and continues if breast feeding. The active antibodies die down after a while. Our mature immune systems are able to reproduce them again quickly in the future if we get the infection and they are needed. However the baby can't keep up it's own proper immunity until it is a few months old so it relies on the leftovers it got from mum for the first few weeks - this is why first jabs are at 8 weeks. So it will still need the DTaP jabs as scheduled already. So the poster who had it at 7 weeks - I would say you need it again for the baby, not you.

TinaO99 Wed 24-Apr-13 16:05:21

I had mine last week at 31 weeks, didn't hurt and just had a bit of a sore arm the next day, haven't had any other adverse symptoms, it also had a booster in for tetanus, diptheria atc, the nurse told me it's what they give 3 year olds!

TrixieLox Wed 24-Apr-13 09:54:10

I'm definitely having it, I have all the jabs the NHS recommends because my view is, they have more experts advising them than I could ever dream of having (sure, my mum, aunt and Peggy from down the road know their stuff but, ya know....!)

BUT my midwife didn't mention it at all in my 28 weeks appointment and it was only recently I discovered it's best to have it at 28 to 32 weeks so made an appointment with GP on Friday. Even when I texted her about it, she didn't bother to reply. Gah!

insanityscratching Wed 24-Apr-13 07:34:10

Definitely have the jab, my ds caught whooping cough when he was six weeks old and was really unwell. Had I been offered the jab to prevent his suffering I would have jumped at it tbh. He's 18 now with autism and I will always wonder whether the whooping cough had something to do with it.

Iheartcrunchiebars Wed 24-Apr-13 07:27:20

Have it! I'll be having it at 28 weeks. I had whooping cough when I was 3. I don't really remember but my mum says it was awful. I have been left with rubbish lungs so when I catch a cough I get it really badly, vomit etc when I cough and it lasts for weeks.

janey1234 Wed 24-Apr-13 07:22:55

Looney - they recommend it between 28 and 38 weeks so it's not too late for you! Just ask your midwife or GP...

Sunnysummer Wed 24-Apr-13 02:59:04

Absolutely yes! My friend's baby daughter died after an un-vaxxed toddler came over to the house in her first few weeks. The illness can come on so fast, and they can stop breathing.

We're actually therefore being extra paranoid, and have asked everyone who'll be spending a lot of time around at the beginning to come only if vaccinated.

ButteryJam Wed 24-Apr-13 00:29:14

I was very skeptical about it and probably still am, but I had a bad case of whooping cough around 30 weeks and after that experience just couldn't risk it for LO

looneytune Wed 24-Apr-13 00:01:17

I'm glad I've just seen this as I'm 32 weeks and it's not been mentioned to me yet! Is there a usual time they get you to have it? I had the flu jab early on but this hasn't been mentioned at all?!

weebleknievel Tue 23-Apr-13 22:04:18

I had it, it's the jab they give to pre-school children, whooping cough is on the rise as parents have not been getting their pre-schoolers immunised due to scaremongering in the press etc about the risk of vaccines(this is what the Nurse who jabbed me said).

If you don't have the jab your baby is at risk of catching WC until they are old enough for their own immunisations by which time they could have caught it and died from it

A no brainer surely? Yes my arm ached for a day or two but my heart would ache forever if I didn't have it and it resulted in my DS catching something entirely preventable.

rowtunda Tue 23-Apr-13 21:55:43

Have it. Whooping cough is definitely on the increase. I diagnosed two adults with it this winter - that's working 2days a week in a GP surgery in London.

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