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    If you're concerned about having it while pregnant then you'll have to keep bubs away from anyone not vaccinated for the first 6 weeks as a precaution. At 6 weeks - 2 months bub will have Diptheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Hib-hepatitis B injection. The first one of 3 in 6 months and then the next time they'll have one with pertussis will be at 4. I'm in Qld but I imagine the immunisation schedules are somewhat the same.

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    The info that @BubblesK gave is totally accurate and well informed. This is actually my area of expertise (PhD on maternal effects on immunity) and I went to the doctor to request pertussis vaccine at 35 weeks. Maternal antibodies peak 10-14 days post vaccination and remain high for a couple of months. 35 weeks is kind of optimal for maximum transfer of antibodies to bub in late gestation and early breastfeeding. I am in Victoria and the vaccine standards were not updated this year to include pertussis for pregnancy but I think the Aus study results came out just a bit too late to be included in this year's revision.

    I don't know off the top of my head how long pertussis immunity lasts but if you have had the pertussis vaccine in the last couple of years, and have ever had it previously, I would guess you still have reasonable immunity. Pertussis doesn't change rapidly like the flu.

    Regarding vaccine allergy, more than likely your body is going to prevent most potential allergens from crossing the placenta, and the allergic response of a foetus is pretty muted compared to a toddler. What you are looking to do is have your antibodies cross the placenta (and go into your colostrum) to protect your bub immediately.

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    I'm 36 weeks, and seeing my midwife today. I'm going to ask, because if I can have it now and pass some of that immunity on to bub I think I will feel a lot better about taking him out before he's had his first jabs.

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    OP, I had mine done 2 weeks ago when I was 32 weeks. I had to ask if my GP would do it but he said he was happy to and the nurse at my gp clinic said lots of pregnant mothers were requesting to get it done.

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    I'm still undecided whether to have the vaccine in the 3rd trimester as opposed to immediately post-partum. My obs has recommended I wait and get it after, but my GP has suggested that I get it in the 3rd trimester.

    According to CDC guidelines in the US and the Australian Immunisation Handbook, my own summary for pertussis vaccination at 27-36wks gestation would be

    Reasons For:
    -Infants younger than 6 months of age have no other way of receiving enough pertussis antibodies, since they are not fully protected until their third dose of DTPa vaccine at 6 months of age. (The younger the infant, the more vulnerable they would be to life-threatening complications)

    -Preferred when risk of mother and/or infant acquiring pertussis is high, such as for pregnant women in close contact with infants.

    Reasons Against:
    -The effectiveness of maternal antibodies in preventing infant pertussis is not yet known.
    -Maternal pertussis antibodies may interfere with infant's immune response to the vaccine ('blunting'), although clinical importance of this is uncertain.
    Because of potential for lesser antibody responses following the 3rd infant dose at 6mths, an additional dose given at 18mths should be considered (not included on NIP schedule). A dose at this age is associated with an increased likelihood of a local adverse event, including extensive limb swelling, in a small percentage of children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubblesK View Post
    Although Im not an expert on allergies to the unborn child, I would say that just because one of your kids had allergies, doesn't mean the next will. Do you specifically know it was caused by the whopping cough vaccination?
    They think it is the Diptheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Hib-hepatitis B injection that he reacts to but as he got two injections & oral vaccination at the same time they are not 100% certain. It may be both injections as he had reactions at both injection sites after having the antihistamine.

    I'm all for having the whopping cough vaccine, my niece had whopping cough when she was 8wks old and it was horrific (she almost died). It's just the risk of reaction to the baby that was worrying me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybump08 View Post
    They think it is the Diptheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Hib-hepatitis B injection that he reacts to but as he got two injections & oral vaccination at the same time they are not 100% certain. It may be both injections as he had reactions at both injection sites after having the antihistamine.

    I'm all for having the whopping cough vaccine, my niece had whopping cough when she was 8wks old and it was horrific (she almost died). It's just the risk of reaction to the baby that was worrying me.
    The oral would most like have been the rotavirus, im pretty sure that's a live vaccine. I'd put money on that one being the culprit.

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    Midwife told me to go forth and have the vaccine now if I want to, so I'll go and see my GP next week and do it.

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    I really wish I had known this when I was pregnant I would have gotten the vax. dd is 8 weeks old for those that asked. We are off to have her first jabs today.

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    For those curious, I checked on the timeframe for immunity after the vaccine and if you are pregnant and have had the vaccine in the last 5 years you won't need a new one. Normally it is 10 years between vaccines (though I am not sure if this is driven more by the tetanus immunity or the diptheria immunity).


 

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