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Poll: are you having/had whooping cough vaccine?

(78 Posts)
Tea1Sugar Tue 11-Mar-14 17:49:50

I know it's an individual choice so I'm not asking for people's reasoning. I'm 34 weeks with dc2, never offered to me with dc1 so can't decide. I've read all the press and literature on it and still undecided. So just wondering how many women are actually taking it up.

Thought I'd try a bit of a poll. Yes or no?

callamia Tue 11-Mar-14 17:50:59

I had it at about 34 weeks.
It was fine. No side effects for me; no changes in baby movement etc.

Mummytobe2014 Tue 11-Mar-14 17:53:38

I had it at 28 weeks

ChicaMomma Tue 11-Mar-14 17:56:14

No. I'm 26 weeks and due end of June.

My gut just said No- and it's never let me down in the past.

I'm sure it's absolutely fine but i made my own decision on it and FWIW my GP and ob both agreed and said if pregnant they wouldnt get it either. Didnt get the flu jab either for the same reason. I do hope i've the right thing, as i know there are umpteen studies saying it's fine and the benefits outweigh the risks.

Spookey80 Tue 11-Mar-14 17:58:15

I had it at about 32weeks.

ToriaPumpkin Tue 11-Mar-14 18:02:30

I've had it, baby seems to be fine in there, has had hiccups a lot recently though wink

Bb14 Tue 11-Mar-14 18:02:52

Had it and felt strongly it was the right thing to do. There have been a few newborn deaths due to WC. I didn't feel I could take the risk.

greentshirt Tue 11-Mar-14 18:03:35

I don't think there are umpteen studies saying it's fine chicamomma and I'm not sure the benefits necessarily outweigh the risk either. I didn't have it and generally I'm very pro vaccination. Off the top of my head, the risk of your baby getting whooping cough is something like 0.02% and there were I think 11 or 12 fatal cases in the whole country in 2012. The vaccine being used here hasn't been tested on pregnant women or long term which is what made me decide against it. In the US they use a different vaccine.

Don't take those figures as gospel, they are off the top of my head, it's been a while since I read the research. It's also just my personal opinion and decision, like for everyone

K8eee Tue 11-Mar-14 18:15:11

yep have had it done smile

LastOneDancing Tue 11-Mar-14 18:20:45

I had it.

Tomkat79 Tue 11-Mar-14 18:36:45

Yep, I had it and apart from an extremely sore arm for 6 days no problems

Kellyjdancer Tue 11-Mar-14 18:43:42


beela Tue 11-Mar-14 19:17:40

Yes. I was extra tired for a day and had a very sore arm for about a week, but no other side effects.

Misty9 Tue 11-Mar-14 19:18:05

I had it at 32wks. Sore arm for couple days, and felt wiped out physically the same day, but that's it.

CountBapula Tue 11-Mar-14 19:24:31

Yes, if you do have it, make sure it's not your 'main' arm IYSWIM - mine was v sore for a good 5 days afterwards and I struggled to lift it above my shoulder shock

I also can only sleep on my right side (only way I can get comfy) so it was a right pain having such a sore arm.

StarsInTheNightSky Tue 11-Mar-14 19:29:23

Yep I'm having it done on Friday (which will be 28+5) I feel very strongly that it's the right thing to do, and one of DH's friends (who he works with) gets whooping cough every year so didn't want to chance it.

Scuttlebug Tue 11-Mar-14 20:00:55

Yes, having it next Thursday, I'll be 29+5. I believe it's been used safely in the US for many years and the FDA is very strict (due probably to culture of suing!)

I'm pro vaccine.

Seff Tue 11-Mar-14 20:05:12


greentshirt Tue 11-Mar-14 20:07:05

Scuttle bug, see what I said above, it's not the same vaccine as the one they use in the US

WishUponAStar88 Tue 11-Mar-14 20:07:46

I'll definitely be having it. Not worth the risk of giving little one a potentially deadly disease.

thecakeisalie Tue 11-Mar-14 20:14:39

Yes, I had it yesterday at 37+2. Whooping cough is a very nasty illness. This vaccine is the same one they give to preschool age children so a small dose also including tetanus, polio and diphtheria. The only reason there are not studies on pregnant women for this is because it's not ethical to test on pregnant women. My logic is if it was unsafe they wouldn't give it to 3-5yr olds.

But then I'm fairly pro-vaccine and think were lucky to live a Country where we get the choice.

SweetPea86 Tue 11-Mar-14 20:16:55

I had it at 30 weeks smile

Trooperslane Tue 11-Mar-14 20:22:27

Yep. 28 weeks on the button.

I'm v efficient grin

Onlymydogunderstandsme Tue 11-Mar-14 20:24:06

I am 13+2 and had it last week.

Sillylass79 Tue 11-Mar-14 20:36:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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