Flu Jab and Whooping Cough Vac in one go?(3 Posts)
I am 33 weeks pregnant. I have been advised (read strongly urged/told) by my GP to have the flu jab and whooping cough vac done when I have got over my current cold.
I can see the benefits of the whooping cough; the risks of not having it done are far greater to my unborn baby.
However, the flu jab worries me. I have a very mild form of asthma so I took a doctor's advice and I had the flu jab in 2005; a couple of weeks later I developed bronchitis followed by a secondary chest infection.
In November 2010 I also had the flu jab and 10 days later I came down with pneumonia followed by 2 chest infections in the early spring of 2011. When I have not had the jab, I usually only catch the common cold and I manage to fight if off - I am a firm believer in good diet and plenty of exercise. The times I have had the flu jab I have been very unwell.
The GP believes it is only co-incidental but my instinct thinks otherwise.
I am finishing work in 3 weeks time and I can't afford to be ill especially as my due date is fast approaching.
Has anyone else had both the whooping cough and flu jabs done in one sitting? Any side effects from the Flu jab?
Pack information insert which lists side effects
When a complication of flu, infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia are generally more lethal. Flu is generally more serious during PG. Your doctors will be advising you in the basis of what actually happens to the population. Having a good diet is of course good for you, but diet is only relevant if a) it means you are an outlier for the population for which the advice has been calibrated (donesn't seem likely in this case) or b) you are malnourished, which often makes things worse.
The jab version of the flu vaccine contains inactivated virus, so can be given together with any other immunisation.
Hi, I'm Rosie, a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. My thesis is part of a project funded and undertaken by the National Institute for Health Research, in partnership with Public Health England. My research focuses on understanding factors influencing vaccination uptake in pregnancy.
I am focusing my research in Hackney as the area has relatively low vaccination rates compared to other boroughs of London. Therefore, I would be interested in learning more about how pregnant (and recently pregnant) women in Hackney experience healthcare during pregnancy and how it has shaped their decision-making process, especially with regards to healthcare-related measures such as vaccination in pregnancy.
I am looking for mothers for this part of my research who are, or have been pregnant in the last six months, who live in Hackney and are willing to engage in an open, non-judgmental conversation about the above points. If you would like to participate, the discussion would take place at the most convenient time and location for you. You would also receive a £20 gift voucher to thank you for your time.
I would really appreciate your support with this as I hope that it can help us to understand reasons for low vaccination uptake rates in pregnancy in Hackney.
I am happy to have a further chat with you if you are undecided and if you would like to take part, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07788 100571. I look forward to hearing from you.
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