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Anyone had Whooping Cough Vax during prenancy?


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#1 steffijade81

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

Just wondering if anyone has had the whooping cough vax while pregnant??

My GP has said I can have it after the birth but then I have read of others having it during which apparently can pass some antibodies onto the baby???

Does anyone know or has been given any advice on this? I am due mid July and have a toddler. My toddler is vaxed and DH will get the booster but I am massively paranoid about bub getting it when she is so little.

Any advice would be great.

#2 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Yes  - my SIL and kids had whooping cough when I was 30 weeks pregnant and I was given an extra shot of whooping cough vaccine as a precaution.  My GP called the mothersafe and that was what the reccomended in addition to antibiotics.

Edited by Chief Pancake Make, 23 February 2013 - 09:56 PM.


#3 LittleFinch

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

I thought it wasn't advised during pregnancy.. But maybe the advice has changed. It was recommended that I get the flu vaccine during pregnancy due to my line of work.

#4 Tamzin1984

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

I specifically asked my doctor about this as my sister just had a baby a few weeks ago and the doctor said it is not recommended during pregnancy and you will be given the vaccine in hospital immediately following birth if you are not current.

#5 Zeppelina

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:59 PM

I did, my GP didn't have a problem doing it as there was a higher risk within the community at the time. There is no advice 'against' doing it, exactly (it's not proven to be dangerous), they just don't have any evidence of it not being dangerous, iykwim?? For what my anecdotal story is worth, my baby was fine.

#6 Fossy

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:59 PM

It's not tested on pregnant women so the risk to the foetus is largely unknown, the recommendation is to give it if direct exposure has occurred, but if possible avoid until after birth.

#7 steffijade81

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:40 PM

Ok thanks guys. I am just very paranoid after reading lately that a lady lost her baby after she got whooping cough just prior to giving birth. She had hardly any symptoms at the birth and had the vaccine shortly after birth but it was too late. She had passed it on and her baby died a few weeks later. With the epidemics around lately it really scares me.

#8 Lyn86

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:52 PM

My ob has advised me to have it at 30 weeks, I had the booster 4 years ago.
Still have to research it some more, but that's what he's advising.

#9 Monkey_Mind

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:03 PM

It was recommended to me, I've decided to wait until after my twins are born though because I have asked asked nurses, several doctors and mid wives at the hospital what the side affects are and nobody has told me. It's a public hospital so I see someone different every time.

#10 steffijade81

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

This is where I get confused. I know people that get told to wait, like I have but then others that are recommended to recieve it.
I think I will ask for a few opinions. Is there anywhere you can ring to find out about these things and the current guidelines?

#11 *lightning

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:57 PM

I had the booster when I was 6 weeks pregnant but I didn't know I was pregnant at the time.

Im not sure what the recommendations are but I had no problems and now my baby is 4 months old.

#12 PatG

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

It seems that if you have a direct risk (i.e. have come into contact with someone who is known to have WC) then they recommend you have the booster while pregnant, otherwise as soon as you give birth.

I guess the theoretical risk (i.e. they haven't done large scale studies in pregnant humans) to the pregnancy is trumped by the actual risk if you have been exposed to WC.

#13 redmum77

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:37 AM

You might find that it differs from state to state too. I can't have the booster till after the baby is born, the doc said the chemist won't even give my the booster ready to go to the doc after the birth. She did write the script up ready though.

My midwives said they regularly give the booster to pregnant women, so it just varies.

I'm in QLD.

#14 caroldiem

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

I have been told you can't have the booster shot while pregnant but as soon as you give birth you can in hospital. This was when i was pregnant with Michael as soon as he passed away and i was out of hospital i went straight to my GP and got that WC booster shot

#15 amabanana

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:39 AM

I had both WC and a flu shot during my pregnancy, along with the rest of the family.   In our case it was recommended by the GP and OB as there was a bad flu that was hitting pregnant particularly women badly and WC was going around too.  I thought the risk of getting sick was greater than any side effects so went ahead, albeit somewhat nervously.  We were all fine FWIW.
There is no advice against doing it AFAIK (but I'm not a Dr!).




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