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Whooping Cough Vaccine - when!

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rach217 · 20/06/2017 09:34

My midwife mentioned having both whooping cough & flu jab at one of my earlier appointments & I can't remember when she said to have it. I have booked an appointment for next week, will be almost 23 weeks - is this too early? I've seen some advice say from 20 weeks, as soon as possible after scan & others say 28-32 weeks, I can double check with midwife I'm just very organised & like to get things done so I don't forget! Xxx

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Lemondrop99 · 20/06/2017 09:46

Any time from 20-32 weeks ideally. I had mine at my 24 week check up with my GP

arbrighton · 20/06/2017 13:21

They're now apparently saying any time from 16 weeks.

I booked mine with Practice nurse after 20 week scan.

Had certainly had it done by next midwife appt.

You won't get a flu jab now. You have to wait for the 'season' for that

LoveB · 20/06/2017 13:23

I'm wondering this too so following with interest!

ighinici · 20/06/2017 13:36

from what i know, it's between around 28 and 32 weeks. the main goal of getting the whooping cough jab in pregnancy is to protect your LO in the first weeks after (s)he is born.

it takes about 2 weeks to get immunity, so i assume the max limit of 32 weeks is to prevent the baby being born before immunity is acquired.

also, the protection it offers is "short-term" so generally it's recommended in the third trimester, to maximize the antibodies your LO will have at birth. but that's not to say that getting it earlier would make it useless, only that you'd maximize the benefits by getting it in the (first part of the) third trimester.

OnNaturesCourse · 20/06/2017 14:05

I got told to get mine when I was 16 weeks on the dot.

rach217 · 20/06/2017 14:22

Wow sounds like there is quite a lot of conflicting advice, I think I'm going to go with NHS & stick with my appointment next week xxx

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Lunalovepud · 20/06/2017 17:24

When I was PG with DC1 I was advised to get the shot quite late on but this time with DC2 thy said any time after the 20 week scan - apparently the advice has recently changed... I don't know why, I just got the shots as advised.

rach217 · 20/06/2017 17:26

Thanks @lunalovepud - I think I might call my midwife to double check but should be Ok with the appointment I've booked. We are moving house soon & I didn't want it to get missed with the stress & moving doctors etc xx

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Lules · 20/06/2017 17:27

No one has even mentioned it to me yet and I'm 26 weeks. Last time (less than 2 years ago) I had it around 32 weeks I think.

Topsyloulou · 20/06/2017 18:18

They've changed the process here & you get it done at the hospital after you come out if your 20 week scan. With DS I had it at the dr about 26 weeks I think.

Mummyh2016 · 20/06/2017 18:29

I had mine at 20 weeks, midwife told me to make an appointment when I'd had my 20w scan.

Emma2803 · 20/06/2017 22:13

You won't get your flu vaccine until early October as that's when the new vaccine will be available

SpringtoSummer · 20/06/2017 22:33

I just had it at 28 weeks but the midwife never specified a time. My arm is still stiff...

Daytona79 · 20/06/2017 22:45

They changed it to 16 weeks last year for whooping cough

rach217 · 21/06/2017 06:59

Thanks everyone, I'm aware I won't get the flu jab until Sept I was just wondering about whooping cough. Sorry if I confused you all with that one xxx

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