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    Default Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy

    My ob has recommended that I get the whooping cough vaccine during the third trimester. He stated that this provides some level of immunity to newborns until they are able to receive their first dose at 6-8 weeks. I've been googling and found some info on the Internet to support this. However, today I went to a local medical centre (not my normal gp) and the doc refused to give it to me stating that it would harm the baby. I'm currently 31 weeks.

    So now I'm worried, obviously I want to do what's best for my baby both before and after she is born. I have a five yr old in prep and there have been several cases of whooping cough in both students and staff this year. My child is vaccinated but neither me or my partner are currently and even once we are, I will have to take my unvaccinated baby to school when I drop off and pick up my son.

    Im just wondering what other people's experiences and views are regarding this and whether or not your gp/ob has suggested getting the vaccine in pregnancy (or not).

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    My Ob did it the day I was discharged from hospital as he felt there wasn't enough evidence to support it being safe at any stage in pregnancy. That was 18 months ago though so things may have changed.

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    The GP doesn't know what they're talking about. There have been some good results from studies on this recently, that they're obviously not up on. You might have to get your ob to write a letter.

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    Also it's potentially dangerous for you not to be immunised, especially when pregnant. Both you & your partner should be.

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    I was given it when I was in hospital, the day after DD3 was born. My ob and the hospital staff didn't offer it during pregnancy, but the hospital strongly recommended it be given to mothers after birth during their hospital stay.


    My GP also recommended vaxxing DD3 at 6 weeks, instead of 8 (which we did).
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    Quote Originally Posted by peoniesarepretty View Post
    The GP doesn't know what they're talking about. There have been some good results from studies on this recently, that they're obviously not up on. You might have to get your ob to write a letter.
    I've also heard it will be introduced soon to mothers to be in Australia that are in the third trimester. They do it in the UK and NZ during pregnancy and are working towards it being introduced in Aus also.

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    GPs are often not up with recent vaccination information. I see it a lot. It does my head in. They often get their info from the nurses. You can access the immunisation handbook online and look up pertussis. It is now recommended to get it in the 3rd trimester. You can also speak to your local public health immunisation nurse. Look up public health unit near you and I should find their details.

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    My midwife recommended to me getting it done in the third trimester. I can't remember if I have spoken to my GP about it but I will be talking more to my middy about it tomorrow at my next appointment.


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    The GP isn't up with the current vaccination guidelines. Lucky for your your obs is.... For me it's the other way around.
    I had it last week at 35w.
    So you know, the vaccine is a category a class drug so it's perfectly safe to take for you and bub.
    The UK, NZ and USA have been vaccinating third trimester women for a while now, infact the CDC recommends it for every pregnancy a woman has regardless of last vaccine.
    Australia's vaccination guideline only updated in May of this year (I'm a vaccinator in a large Sydney hospital), I'm guessing the GP hasn't read the new handbook yet.
    If you google "immunisation handbook 10th edition" you will bring up the current information- go to the pertussis section.
    Studies have shown that the transplacental transfer of maternal antibodies showed the cord blood levels of protection of a new born were as high as a 12 month baby who had received all it's age appropriate pertussis vaccines.
    It is thought to provide better protection for the infant rather than the old 'cocooning' method.
    Just remember if you have a dose in third trimester, bub needs an extra booster at 18 months (not in the usual childhood schedule).
    Feel free to PM if you have any questions.

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    I asked my ob about it because I had read about the changed guidelines in the US etc. He said I didn't need it because I'd already had it 2 years ago. It's not about me, it's about the baby! Might try asking him again.


 

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