Whooping Cough Vaccine

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got it (you definitely ARE supposed to get it when you’re pregnant, but I think after a specific period of time–20 weeks I think). And yes, DH, my mom, my dad, and my brother all got it. Also, a good friend and her husband did, too. I’d trust your doctor’s rec on this one.

Post # 3
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

soccergal7898:  I’m nt sure about the timeline during pregnancy, but anyone who will have significant contact with your baby can spread pertussis so it’s best for everyone to be vaccinated! (I’m super pro all vaccine- I’m a med student) follow the recs from your ob!

Post # 5
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

soccergal7898:  Typically doctors want you and your husband to have it before you give birth as well as any family who will be spending a lot of time with your baby, like grandparents.

DH and I got it when I was 28 weeks pregnant, I think, and then both sets of grandparents got their’s in early March.

Post # 6
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

soccergal7898:  My OB had me get the tDAP at 29w. (I think she reccomended between 27-36w as it takes 3 weeks to fully take effect.) I had one done in 2009 but they still say you need it in pregnancy as you can pass small amounts of immunity onto the baby. DH got his tDAP done while I was in labor (the doctors office was just down the hall). We made sure grandparents were current, IL travel a lot so they keep current on vaccines & my mom works with kids so she’s current on hers…my sister has a 5 y/o and 1 y/o and works in a hospital so she was current also.

Post # 7
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

soccergal7898:  I’m lined out to get the vaccine at my next midwife appointment, I’ll be 28 weeks. I just got the booster this past April (a year ago) before my husband and I traveled to the Middle East and Africa. I definitely want to get it again (and it IS recommended) to give that immunity to the baby! We are scheduled to fly to my brother’s wedding when our baby is only 2 months old so I absoultely want our little one to have at least some immunity to pertussis!

Post # 8
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016


You can get dead or attenuated vaccines while pregnant.

However, you cannot get live vaccines.

Ask you doctor which one it is, and follow their recommendation.

Post # 9
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

soccergal7898:  I got it around 32 weeks.  My doctor told me that the old recommendation was to give it to a woman right after birth.  He said that the recommendation had changed in 2012 and the new guidlelines recommend giving it during pregnancy.  Maybe your friends doctor is still following the old recommendation.


This is the link to the CDC website and their recommendation for when to get it.  

Post # 11
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

ACOG recommends it during the third trimester to pass antibodies to baby both before and after delivery. I got it aroung 32 weeks.

Post # 12
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


LyndzJM:  this happened locally. Whooping cough came close to reaching epidemic status in our county. This still tears me up.

Post # 13
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Araya:  that’s so unbelievably sad. I first read the story when my daughter was a month or so old. I bawl every time. I can’t imagine. 

Post # 15
2861 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got the vaccine right after I gave birth. I didn’t want to get any vaccines while pregnant, since I wasn’t comfortable with the idea. I’m sure it’s perfectly fine, but I tend to be very cautious about those type of things. I let close family members know that getting the vaccine would probably be a good idea, but I didn’t tell anyone they had to get it to be around my baby. I didn’t want to be too controlling.

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