I didn't have the vaccine as I was unlucky enough to catch whooping cough itself a few weeks before they introduced the jabs, and it was generally thought that due to the timing of my infection I would have passed on the antibodies anyway. I was so ill that I cannot imagine putting a small baby through what I went through and therefore would have the jab in any future pregnancy no question.
Had it this week. No side affects at all. Baby still doing a lot of wriggling. Had whooping cough when I was little (my mum says it was awful). I've been left with a weak chest now and every time I get a cough I'm stuck with it for a good month, cough so hard I vomit etc.
Had it and felt a bit rough for a day or so with quite a sore arm. Baby is very healthy at 4 months old now
My mum almost died from whooping cough in the 1950s. She caught it when she was 6 and lost so much weight she was too weak to support herself on the loo and has to go back into nappies for a good 6 months.
I also had it, and flu jab because of my job, with no side effects - possibly achey arm for day but can't actually remember now. Dd2 is now 25 weeks and fighting fit so no effect on her either. I'd have it again in any future pregnancies.
I had a slightly sore arm for a couple of days, but no other issues. DD is 5 months old and perfect. I'd have it again without question, as whooping cough is very dangerous for young babies, and there have been enough outbreaks recently for it to be perfectly possible for a new born to be exposed to it.
Most importantly, a family friend had a baby that died at 6 weeks of catastrophic organ failure following whooping cough, despite instant treatment in a great hospital . After an outbreak in our area, DH and the grandparents also got vaccinated before DS arrived.
I didn't because I had diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis vaccinations Very recently to travel and the wc vaccine only comes as a triple with diphtheria and tetanus and was likely to make me really quite ill. I am nervous about the lack of wc antibodies for my baby and will remain anxious right up till he gets his own at 2mo. I'd have had it in different circs.