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Sandra800 Mon 21-May-18 20:05:46

Hi guys,

I'm in a bit of a situation. I am 28 weeks pregnant and I have an appointment for the whooping cough vaccination. I'm so confused as to get it or not.

Iv done some research and some ppl are saying that it's very important to have it and some ppl have had some really bad experience after having the vaccination. The thing that has scared me the most is some ppl have said they have had still born births after having this injection.

Could I possibly have this injection after I give birth and then breast feed and the baby can get the antibodies through my milk.

Any advice please xxx

TheGrumpySquirrel Mon 21-May-18 20:18:03

Those people are scare mongering. I had it and felt tired for less than a day, arm was a bit sore, no big deal. Baby is fine. It's really important to have the vaccination in pregnancy.

EightdaysaweekIloveu Mon 21-May-18 20:19:53

I got it. No issues. Baby healthy. I could not have coped watching my baby struggle to breath if they did get it.

scaevola Mon 21-May-18 20:20:08

There has been no rise in the rate of stillbirth in the UK since the vaccination was rolled out.

14 babies who were too young to receive their first jabs died in UK of whooping cough in the year before the vaccination programme rolled out

Sandra800 Mon 21-May-18 20:20:50

Thank you so much. My heads been a mess all day about this ,,

Aprilmightbemynewname Mon 21-May-18 20:22:50

I nearly lost my ds at 2 wks to whooping cough.
Have the jab.

HeyDolly Mon 21-May-18 20:23:18

What research states that the whooping cough injection is linked to still birth?

It’s not worth the risk not getting it imo.

KatnissK Mon 21-May-18 20:25:06

I had it and it didn't even hurt going in. No side effects at all. I highly doubt there is any real link between the vaccine and still birth. Sounds like scaremongering to me.

Aw12345 Mon 21-May-18 20:26:44

I've had it for sure... Vaccines have to go through a HUGE amount of testing etc before they're approved by NICE so the way i see it is that if it's recommended then I'll have it.

One of my friends babies had whooping cough as a new born (before they vaccinated pregnant women) and they almost lost their baby :-( very stressful and not worth the risk!!

neighneigh Mon 21-May-18 20:27:20

I had the jab while pregnant and am currently sitting holding the small person's hand while he "goes to sleep", ho ho. He & I were totally fine, unlike me as a baby who had whooping cough for six months and my mum is still upset by it 38 years later. Have the jab x

zaalitje Mon 21-May-18 20:35:07

I had whopping cough as a baby, lungs are still scared from it 40 years later!

Have the vaccine

gryffen Mon 21-May-18 20:45:08

Anti vaxxers use scare stories to stop people getting these injections - whooping cough kills.

I've had the injection twice and no issues - it hurt my arm for a week but baby totally fine and I'm due in August.

Watch a video I'm sure someone will provide a link for and ask yourself would you risk putting your child through that.

Chuffingchuff Mon 21-May-18 20:47:04

I had the injection on both of my pregnancies and apart from a sore arm everything was fine

Terramirabilis Mon 21-May-18 20:50:13

Some people will have still births regardless of the whooping cough vaccine. That's just a fact. Someone having a still birth after having the vaccine does not prove that the vaccine caused the still birth.

NCPuffin Mon 21-May-18 20:57:10

Hi! I would strongly recommend that you read the NHS guidance on this vaccine and nothing else. The NHS has absolutely no interest whatsoever in distributing (costly) vaccines that cause an increase in stillbirths. They do, however, have an interest in reducing the number of cases of whooping cough in infants who are too young to be vaccinated themselves. I believe most, if not all, fatal cases of whooping cough were in this age group. Please get the vaccine - it's not fun, but it will really protect your baby (as well as bringing your diphtheria, polio and tetanus vaccinations up to date, which can only be a good thing!)

Sandra800 Mon 21-May-18 20:59:22

When's the lates in pregnancy can I have this vaccination x

NCPuffin Mon 21-May-18 20:59:24

NHS guidance

NCPuffin Mon 21-May-18 21:00:57

NHS recommendation is 32 weeks. My trust recommends getting it at 20 weeks, straight after the scan. Please be aware that correlation does not equal causation: just because someone had the vaccination and then went on to have a stillbirth, does not mean that the vaccination caused the stillbirth - coincidence is a real thing!

Sandra800 Mon 21-May-18 21:06:54

Thank you... could you also have it straight after labour if you wanted? Xx

NCPuffin Mon 21-May-18 21:10:31

Read the guidance to check, but I believe your body needs time to make antibodies. What is your worry? I actually had to search quite hard to find anything online about the vaccine and stillbirth. I mainly found decent looking sources saying that there is no link, and a handful of really anecdotal accounts saying that there is a link... It is safe, get it, you do NOT want your baby to get whooping cough. How would you justify that to yourself? The chances of an unvaccinated baby getting whooping cough are much higher than the chances of a routine vaccine causing stillbirth. Really.

meow1989 Mon 21-May-18 21:10:43

I had it at 20 weeks, but of a red arm where injected, bit tender for a couple of days in same spot. Whooping cough is horrific for babies, glad I protected my little one. X

gingerbreadbiscuits Mon 21-May-18 21:12:05

No the vaccine is to protect the baby and not you. It is pass on immunity to whooping cough tonthe baby to prevents new burns from catching whopping cough and dying.

strawberrysparkle Mon 21-May-18 21:15:03

I had it and it just made me feel poorly for a while but other than fine and baby fine. People love to scare you, please don't worry x

PrincessConsuelaBannanaHammock Mon 21-May-18 21:15:14

I had the injection at 20 weeks, other than a sore arm for a day or so no side effects.
I read the NHS information regarding the injection and nothing else, I didn't want to read anything that was just scaremongering.

Whooping cough is serious in babies and the thought of my baby having whooping cough when I could have prevented it didn't bear thinking about for me.

You are of course entitled to your own decision, but I would recommend getting the injection.

Grandmaswagsbag Mon 21-May-18 21:15:50

Just had mine at 22 weeks as I did in 1st pregnancy. The nurse said that they can give it to b/f mums after birth as a last resort if you’ve missed it but obviously it’s better to have it in pregnancy.

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