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Old 05-16-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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I want to get a pertussis booster...

Can I get one while pregnant?

I had to get a tetanus booster days before I found out I was pregnant with DS. I told the doctor that I had already ovulated and it was too early to test, but I could possibly be pregnant. They gave me just the tetanus vaccine, not the full DTaP because of the possibility that I was pregnant. It's a good thing that I spoke up, because I was pregnant!

Are all pregnant women advised against getting a DTaP vax, or just those in their first trimester? Can you get just the pertussis without the rest? Could I get it right after I have this LO? Is it ok to get it while breastfeeding? Do you think they would do it in the hospital after I give birth?

I'm not big on vaccines. We selectively/delay vax. Pertussis is scaring the crap out of me though! I know I'm not immune. We had an outbreak in our town two years ago and it was nasty. I'm worried about my tummy baby.

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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

I just talked to my doula and she said that our hospital is now offering them after delivery. She said she had one the same day she had her son. I think that's what I'll do too.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
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I just talked to my doula and she said that our hospital is now offering them after delivery. She said she had one the same day she had her son. I think that's what I'll do too.
This, I got one after delivery.
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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

I believe I just read you can get them during your second trimester as well (but could have been third). I'd think during pregnancy would be better so you aren't recovering from childbirth and trying to get a strong enough immunological response to the vaccine to protect you.
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I asked my midwife about this, she said its recommended to get it late 2nd trimester or early 3rd trimester. I don't believe there is a pertussis only vaccine available.
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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

I was told the hospital would be giving me the Dtap after birth. My Ped. and OB both told me how important it is to get the Pertussis vac. for the safety of my newborn. So I'll be getting it after I deliver (along with the Rubella vac. - apparently I am no longer immune)
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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

I got mine immediately after delivery......I made DH and our parents update their boosters, too. Most of them got it done during my pregnancy.
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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

Honestly I would not do that particular vaccine while pregnant. It is one of the more reactive vaccines, and since testing on pregnant women is considered unethical, there are no studies showing the safety of the vaccine for pregnant women and unborn babies. If you want to get it, I would wait until after birth.
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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

Unfortunately there is no longer a pertussis only vaccine. Merck stopped making it.
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Re: I want to get a pertussis booster...

Yeah they are pushing it right after delivery pretty hardcore right now. I got it right after delivering YDD (last June). I personally would not get the dtap while pregnant because it is a nasty one as far as reactions. My DS had lots of problems with it and a lady at my BF support group who got her right after delivery ended up hospitalized from a reaction to hers. I would just get it after delivery so if you react it will just be you and not you and baby KWIM.
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