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How long before birth should the whopping cough vaccine be given

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#1 *LiMa*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

I'm only 8 weeks pregnant, but being that I have been tested for suspected whooping cough twice in the last 15 months (thankfully came back clear both times) I'm all too aware how much of a terrible disease it is.  I'm due right in the heart of winter, and want atleast my DH, DD, and IL's to have the vaccine before baby arrives.  I will possibly have to talk FIL around to it, so I was trying to get a timeframe in my head of when it is best to get him to have it, so I know how long I have to work on him IYKWIM.


#2 SilverSky

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

You can start talking him round right now cos the best time is before the baby is born! If he refuses then that is okay, he just can't be in contact with the baby til after he/she has had its first vax.

#3 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

ASAP. The more adults who have their boosters the better the population is protected.

#4 dogsneaker

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

Yep now!

Vaccinations are free for grandparents too. Well they were in 2009 when I had DS.

#5 Smoo

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

it takes 2 weeks to be fully effective but sooner is probably better

#6 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

I had an extra vax 3 weeks before DD was born as SIL had suspected Whooping cough.

#7 Imaginary friend

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:58 PM

QUOTE (dogsneaker @ 11/12/2012, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep now!

Vaccinations are free for grandparents too. Well they were in 2009 when I had DS.

Schemes for free boosters to parents/ grandparents come and go so what was around in 2009 may no longer be around now - also these schemes are state run so this varies according to which state you live in.

Whooping cough booster is good for around 7 - 10 years, not 5.

#8 Imaginary friend

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:00 AM

7 -10 years is in immunisation literature - but is fair to say it varies between people and exact time cannot be guaranteed - 5 years would be very conservative but wont hurt if you are happy to have one every 5 years. original.gif

#9 chookas!

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:43 AM

Duration of immunity against pertussis after natural infection or vaccination.


Despite decades of high vaccination coverage, pertussis has remained endemic and reemerged as a public health problem in many countries in the past 2 decades. Waning of vaccine-induced immunity has been cited as one of the reasons for the observed epidemiologic trend. A review of the published data on duration of immunity reveals estimates that infection-acquired immunity against pertussis disease wanes after 4-20 years and protective immunity after vaccination wanes after 4-12 years. Further research into the rate of waning of vaccine-acquired immunity will help determine the optimal timing and frequency of booster immunizations and their role in pertussis control.

Wouldn't the tetanus part of the vaccine be a problem if given every 4-5 years? Or could the tetanus part become a problem if it was given so often?

#10 Cherish

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:48 PM

My DH had his booster the other week. We have a HCC and it cost $36.

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