Found the doco (but haven't watched it myself yet):
Spoke with my midwife about this and she said only those that will be living with baby or regularly visiting baby (e.g. everyday or every second day etc) should be vaccinated for whooping cough. If you're having visitors that come one off to see bubs (as is common for a new baby) then it isn't necessary for those visitors to have been vaccinated. That's what a leading research and teaching hospital in the field of women's health has advised anyway...
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21-04-2014 09:49 #21
21-04-2014 10:19 #22
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21-04-2014 10:34 #23
Well that nurse never watched 60 minutes. A mother lost her 6month old to whooping cough " because somebody breathed on my baby".. It doesn't matter who or when or how, anybody with the virus is capable of breathing on your baby. Bad bad bad advice.
21-04-2014 10:50 #24
I agree bad advice. At the end of the day she won't be there if your baby gets sick, you will.
21-04-2014 11:34 #25
21-04-2014 13:13 #26
I was told the whooping cough booster vax lasts three years by my gp...I am pregnant so I won't need another untill after the baby is born. Maybe it the first vax that last ten years?
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21-04-2014 13:15 #27
Hmm ill need to find out for sure.....
21-04-2014 13:19 #28
Just found this
The whooping cough vaccine for adolescents and adults also contains diphtheria and tetanus protection in a combination vaccine. Immunity provided by the vaccine decreases after six to 10 years.
21-04-2014 17:51 #29
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21-04-2014 17:59 #30
States studies of vaccined adults show a rapid decline in antibodies 2yrs after vaccination, although levels persist to 10yrs.
I'm guessing that's why they are suggesting 5 yearly for childbearing women
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