(Closed) Whooping cough.. Help!?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Talk to your doctor, they will be the only one that can answer your question safely.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My doctor had me get the vaccine.  I’d go to an urgent care facility and ask them.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Most hospitals have a nurses hotline. Can you call and get advice?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Araya:  I second this.  Call a local health clinic and ask to speak with the triage nurse. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I would not expose myself or my unborn baby to whooping cough. Even if I was vaccinated. Just period. In this case, you may be okay because its unlikrly that you’ll Deliver anytime soon obviously and the biggest risk is with a newborn. The family practice news just released an article saying all pregnant women should get their tdap shot if they haven’t.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I JUST saw this article like a couple weeks ago too. sorry for the multiple posts. I’m on my iPhone lol. The risk is low, don’t get me wrong, but whooping cough is fatal to newborns. You’re likely vaccinated, she’s likely been treated, but it’s just something I wouldn’t risk… 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mufflerlove:  Oh man.  What a bummer.  Are you vaccinated?  I would not want to be around her 🙁 because of this, and I would feel awful too, but I would be SO paranoid!  She will understand… you can chat it up on the phone when everyone is over….

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Does your health insurance offer a nurse line? I know a lot of insurance has a help line of nurses that you can talk to and ask questions like this. If you can’t get any professional guidance, I’d err on the side of caution and request not to see her on Christmas. See if you can make alternate arrangements to ensure she doesn’t have to spend Christmas alone. For example, offer to leave the celebration a bit early so she attend the end of it or something like that.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is the information we give out:

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/mini/hw65653.html

 

Take particular note of this section:

Children with whooping cough need to take antibiotics for at least 5 days before going back to daycare or school. If your child did not take antibiotics, wait 21 days after the start of symptoms before sending your child to school or daycare.

This means that if your aunt took antibiotics, she is no longer considered contagious after 5 days. If she did not take antibiotics, she is considerd contagious for 21 days after the start of symptoms.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@mufflerlove:  Whooping cough is only supposed to be contagious at the beginning for maybe a week or two. I had it for 3 months when I was in grade 9. Eating raw garlic was the only thing that got rid of it for me; none of the meds from the doctors worked to get the last symptoms away. The whooping cough vaccination wears off after about 5 (I think; it might be a different number of years). I believe it’s one of those ones that you can’t get a second time though; so if you’ve already had it you should be fine.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Whooping cough was going around at the school where I work when I was 16 weeks pregnant. My doctor said that while it would suck for me, it wouldn’t actually affect the baby at that stage. I got the vaccine at 24 weeks (and never did get whooping cough). It takes about 4 weeks to work, though, so getting it at this point for Christmas wouldn’t do any good.

At the same time, getting sick while pregnant sucks, and I think you are well within your right to ask your aunt to refrain from coming (since she offered) 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ask your doctor. You should be okay. I got the vaccine later into the pregnancy as did my husband.

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