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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbump View Post
    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).
    The current Australian guidelines don't have a clear idea of when you need to boost for whooping cough. It's 5-10yr for the tetanus component of the vaccine. 10yrs unless you have a tetanus prone injury and then if you had one over 5 yrs ago you should have another.

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    Well I went to have it today at my GPs office & the lazy rear end of a donkey refused to give it to me! Not because he thought it was dangerous/unnecessary but because anything to do with my pregnancy should be done by my ob or midwife. Then he charged me for the appointment.

    I'm assuming that if the midwife was able to she would have offered to do it for me. Does anyone know if an ob can do it? I'm via the public system so see whoevers on duty so not sure who to ring & ask. I have left a message for my midwife but she's off till Tuesday, which is when I'm booked to see the ob anyway.

    Eta: this isn't the first time my GP has passed the buck. He's also happy to vaccinate DH to protect bubs but not me. Time to find a new GP me thinks!
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    Funny, my obs didn't want to do it but the GP was all over it. That's what I love about him, he is up to date (the GP that is).
    I'd imagine the middie should be able to sort you out.
    I agree, time for a new GP!

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    My GP seemed reluctant, too. I wonder if they're just not so updated with the changes in recommendations? It got done by the nurses at the GP clinic who were all for it, as were my midwives.

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    No it's not that he's not up to date he just refuses to do anything if your being seen by a specialist. His nurse is fantastic and is the only reason I'm still there.

    I'm seeing a pain specialist for my spinal injury as I need restricted pain meds. All the GP needs is a letter from the pain specialist confirming I need this medication at this dose and then he is supposed to prescribe them. Not only does my GP refuse to prescribe the restricted meds he will no longer prescribe normal pain meds (like migraine medication) that he's prescribed for years. He wouldn't even prescribe paracetamol if it was available cheaper on script. So now I have to see the pain specialist once a month just so I can get my meds when I should only need to see him every 2 - 3 months if I need my dose adjusted. I understand the reluctance in prescribing the restricted meds but not the normal meds that he's prescribed for years. My pain specialist wants me to change doctors as he's not happy about it either.

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    Sounds like a cruddy gp who is happy to pass the buck. That's not right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    My GP seemed reluctant, too. I wonder if they're just not so updated with the changes in recommendations? It got done by the nurses at the GP clinic who were all for it, as were my midwives.
    The guidelines only changed in May this year so you may be right, they may just not be so updated.

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    I saw another new ob today (the one I've seen the most was on leave) & told her what happened with my GP. She told me that she'd get my midwife to call my GP and try and organise it through him but if it couldn't be done through him they'd arrange for it to be done in the hospital. The OB was convinced the GP would give it to me... I told her not to hold her breathe.

    Anyway my midwife rang about an hour ago all peeved off at my GP. The OB & her had both given him the go ahead to give me the vaccination & he refused. Told them they were managing my pregnancy so it was their job not his! I think there must have been a bit more said as my midwife was fuming. She ended the conversation to me with, you need a new GP NOW! and she is going to get some recommendations for new GP's for me.

    The good news is I should get the vaccination within the next 3wks. I read that it takes 2wks for the antibodies to transfer to bub, if I have to have her before those 2wks are up will she still have some/enough antibodies to protect her?

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    Never did it with my first 4 and they were fine so I defs won't be with this 1! I tend to avoid sickly people like the plague anyways (especially) with a newborn so its not very likely to happen.all these extra vaccines + large amounts if children with autism and what not these days makes me wonder.so I ain't doin nothin different with this 1!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bsky View Post
    Never did it with my first 4 and they were fine so I defs won't be with this 1! I tend to avoid sickly people like the plague anyways (especially) with a newborn so its not very likely to happen.all these extra vaccines + large amounts if children with autism and what not these days makes me wonder.so I ain't doin nothin different with this 1!
    Feel free not to do anything, but don't spout the vaccines = autism line, the link has been disproven so many times!

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