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    Default Opinion please! Should I get whooping cough vaccine cos my mate is having a baby?

    Hi all, recently a mate (who is due in about 6weeks) asked me to get a whooping cough shot so as to protect her baby when he/she arrives. Apparently whooping cough can be fatal to babies however I will see it for about 2 hours a fortnight. So should I get the shot? This would mean I would have to stop ttc for 28 days which I don't really want to do as we have been ttc for 10 months with 3 rounds on clomid with no ovulation on any. I'm hoping to move to injectables next.... So what would you do????? Thanks for any replies! Xxx

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    I think its entirely your choice, but either way need to respect the fact that she might not want you around her baby if you havent had the shot.
    Personally, if it were me, I wouldnt.
    Out of sheer curiosity, is she asking everyone who will come in contact with the baby to get a shot before hand?

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    If I was ttc I wouldn't put on hold and get it. Any other time yes I would.

    I'm 22 weeks and have asked a few ppl eg: parents gparents ect and i know one g parent can't get it so Iv said to her and anyone else that's not, even if u have a runny nose don't come visit!
    Some ppl won't agree but thats what I'm doing.

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    Unless there were extenuating circumstances I wouldn't given the affect it would have on your TTC'ing. You would, however, need to respect your friend's decision that she might not want you near her baby though.

    Unless of course you want to have the booster in preparation for your own baby? I believe most cases of WC are caught by the parents. If your friend is vaccinated and breastfeeding, my understanding is that this greatly decreases the chases of catching WC.

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    In your situation, I wouldn't get it. I had it when my son was a newborn, but it's not something I asked of others.

    do you live in an area with a high prevalence for whooping cough?

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    If I was TTC and asked to do this I probably wouldn't. If I wasn't TTC I think I would weigh up how often I would be having contact with the friend and her baby before jumping in to get the vax done.

    We didn't ask friends to get the vax done as our bub doesn't have regular contact with most of them. The friends we see often have children of their own so were already vaxxed.

    Like the other posters have said-it's a personal choice and not one you should feel pressured to make, but you will have to respect your friends decision regarding whether she wants you to have contact with her bub if you do not get the vax.

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    no i wouldn't either..

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    I asked my GP about the vaccine because a family member hasn't been vaccinated and I was a bit worried about bubs getting it because it can be so harmful. She said that the only people who would really need to be vaxxed are those who will come into contact with the baby on a daily basis.
    Have to echo PPs though that your friend might not want you around through baby til he/she is protected.

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    I would get it done for sure. Especially, if your ttc. You will need the jab yourself for when you have your baby. Much better than waiting til after the birth. Whooping cough is very serious in babies and there are horror stories everywhere.

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    No i wouldnt get it done, i personally think its a bit much of your friend to ask you to do that given the impact it will have on your life.

    However you might want to consider if it is something you would prefer to be immunised against before you get pregnant so as to protect your potential baby from possible exposure.


 

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