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Whooping Cough Vaccine

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lemonslemonslemons Wed 27-Apr-16 10:47:46

Has anyone decided NOT to have the vaccine?

I had decided not to bother as I am already vaccinated and had heard bad things about getting ill after having the vaccine. Also, didn't have it with DD as they didn't offer it then and we had no problems.

That said, a friend has just caught whooping cough so I am now wondering if I might be changing my mind...

Oysterbabe Wed 27-Apr-16 10:54:45

Have it.
I had no side effects at all. Babies die of whooping cough. I've seen videos of babies with it coughing so hard they can't breathe, it's horrific. Why wouldn't you?

duckyisback Wed 27-Apr-16 10:58:23

I chose not to have it during my second pregnancy.

It was a difficult decision to make and I changed my mind a few times but I decided not to after doing a lot of research on it, the information I came across all said it can very very slightly increase the risk of stillbirth. My first was stillborn and I wanted to do anything I could possibly do to avoid that happening again. I also had a really good consultant who gave me as much information and advice as possible to help me make an informed decision.

I am now pregnant again and will do some more reading on it and make a decision from that. The information out there changes all the time so it could have been updated since I looked into it.

kd83 Wed 27-Apr-16 12:05:01

This is an interesting thread.

I am 35 weeks with my second and am debating if I need the vaccine or not. I am totally pro vaccination and will get it if advised, but as I only had it 2.5 years ago with my first pregnancy, am I still covered by that or do I need it again as a sort of booster?

I'm hoping my mw will be able to advise me tomorrow when I see her.

Salene Wed 27-Apr-16 12:11:28

KD38 your past the the cut off for it now so no point really getting it

New guidelines released a couple of weeks ago are saying to get it at 16 weeks so your body build up immunity to it which in turn is past on to the baby

I think the latest they say it is affective is 30 weeks but double check that with your MW

Babies get it at 2 months but they are vulnerable in that first 8 weeks and as a PP said it kills babies so to me it's a no brainier to get the jab, even if it makes the mother feel ill, better to keep baby safe than worry about mum feeling unwell

It's a no brainier , get it done

Salene Wed 27-Apr-16 12:11:54

You need to get a new vaccine each pregnacy

AveEldon Wed 27-Apr-16 12:13:21

kd83 - the advice is to have it with every pregnancy to maximise the chance of the baby receiving antibodies from you

They are also vaccinating you against diphtheria, tetanus & polio at the same time

kd83 Wed 27-Apr-16 12:13:57

Ah, I was lead to believe it was 28 to 38 weeks

Salene Wed 27-Apr-16 12:26:37

Kd38. It's recently changed certainly in my area down to 16 weeks but your midwife can keep you right

RNBrie Wed 27-Apr-16 12:30:17

Interesting pro-vaccine perspective from an anti-vaccine lady...

MollyCule Wed 27-Apr-16 12:31:37

I had the vaccine earlier this week and the only side effect I've had is a sore arm. I hadn't heard about some of the risks other have mentioned, but found this study in the British Medical Journal that found no increased risk of stillbirth or other adverse outcomes:

I agree with PP that it's a no-brainer.

TwllBach Wed 27-Apr-16 12:34:11

I had it at 31 weeks, so 9 weeks ago, and had no side effects. I did it purely because I had whooping cough as a child and my DM said it was just horrific watching it and not being able to help.

LuckySantangelo1 Wed 27-Apr-16 12:34:13

By getting the vaccination in pregnancy you pass immunity to your baby to protect them when they are newborn & before they have their own shot at 8 weeks. Get it done! My mum was anti vaccine & I ended up in hospital after getting whooping cough as a baby. It's a serious illness.

Peppaismyhomegirl Wed 27-Apr-16 12:35:08

We have to have it here after 28 weeks, can't do before (uk) I'm having mins next week.

NerrSnerr Wed 27-Apr-16 12:48:29

Whooping cough is really dangerous for newborns. That's why they offer it. Even if you're immune the vaccine during pregnancy offers immunity to your child.

lemonslemonslemons Wed 27-Apr-16 12:50:03

KD28, It is up to 38 weeks. I called my Dr today as decided to book myself in. I'm 34 weeks.

CarrieLouise25 Wed 27-Apr-16 12:56:30

I didn't have it. Wasn't offered it with 2 previous children and risks were still the same. They started offering due to increase in whooping cough one year.

What put me off was the jab wasn't a single. You have to have polio, diphtheria and tetanus with it too.

I was low risk in terms of contact with people. Felt ok to decline. Little one is doing great. Just had his first vaccinations.

I made the right decision for my situation. You have to weigh up risk vs benefits plus instinct. Just my opinion.

Good luck with birth x

riddles26 Wed 27-Apr-16 13:00:11

The whooping cough vaccine is for your baby's protection more than yours. Your baby will not get their first vaccine until 8 weeks. If you have the vaccine during later stages of pregnancy, antibodies will pass across to your baby to protect them in their first few weeks of life. I wouldn't hesitate to have the vaccine, no matter what the side effects to me are.

They likely did not offer it when you had previous children as it was not circulating so widely in the community. I have seen several cases of whooping cough in both adults and children over the past 3 months so would strongly recommend it.

Heirhelp Wed 27-Apr-16 13:03:31

The whooping cough vaccine has been recently introduced to pregnant women as a number of babies have died as a result of contracting whooping cough before they were 8 weeks and therefore had not had their injections.

kd83 Wed 27-Apr-16 13:10:26

Thanks lemonslemonslemons, thats good to know. I'm 35 weeks on Friday and see my mw tomorrow so will get it booked in asap.

Peppaismyhomegirl Wed 27-Apr-16 13:18:04

Those who had it did you have any side affects as I'm having mine the morning before we go away on a family holiday (uk still, but don't want to feel any more rubbish than I do!)

albertcampionscat Wed 27-Apr-16 13:21:39

Had it twice. Had no side effects. A little girl I now (who is now fine) caught whooping cough when she was six weeks old. There is no way in hell I want to go through what her parents went through.

Bellasima20 Wed 27-Apr-16 13:30:18

Also had it twice, zero side affects. Can completely understand "duckys" reasons but in other cases cant understand why you wouldn't just get it done for your babies sake. Even if you caught the flu afterwards but it gave your baby protection, is it really that big a deal?

Mslg Wed 27-Apr-16 13:50:53

I had mine yesterday at 25+3. Feel perfectly fine today albeit with a slightly sore arm. Nurse told me women get it in every pregnancy regardless of the fact you've had it before. A no-brainer for me as well.

KeyboardMum Wed 27-Apr-16 14:02:07

I'm 28 weeks and my WC Vaccination is booked in tomorrow morning.

I hate needles, I hate vaccinations and I felt shit after having the flu jab. But despite this, I think it's a good idea to take everything you can to help give your baby the best start.

If you can avoid your baby catching something that could possibly do quite a bit of damage, why wouldn't you take it? Especially since it's treated with antibiotics.

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