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#1 of 6 Old 08-25-2014, 08:27 AM - Thread Starter
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T-Dap during pregnancy

As much as the CDC is recommending pregnant women to have this shot between 28 and 36 weeks and pertussis is on the rise, I'm comfused about it. I'm 34 weeks, I'm AMA and doctor is being quite pushy for me to take it. First, it's not an easy shot to get (pharmacies don't carry it) and when I asked the primary doctor he said I could take after delivery. Nurses at the hospital told me they give this before discharge. Studies of the efficacy and safety aren't very conclusive and there isn't an outbreak going on in our area.
I'm pro vax, but this is just making me very uneasy. Did you take this shot or know someone who did it while pregnant?
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It isn't actually approved for use during pregnancy, so the recommendation is off-label. It is a category C drug.
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I didn't do any shots during pregnancy & I wouldn't now. As far as I know, the vaccines haven't actually been studied when used in pregnancy so there's only speculation on whether or not they are safe to use. I believe @kathymuggle has posted about what she would do to reduce the chances of an infant getting pertusis previously. If you search on that illness & her name, I bet you'd find it.

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It's a very new recommendation, and I know there have been pertussis outbreaks, but if you search the world health organization, you will see that pertussis never went away. It has been on the rise steadily for the last 20 years. You are not at any new risk to develop it than you were 5 or 10 years ago. Personally, I would not inject anything like that (or the flu shot) while pregnant. I no longer vaccinate, so please consider that with my opinion; however, even when I was "pro-vaccine" I opted out of the flu shot during my pregnancy. Good luck!
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Thank you so much fir the input!
I did not take the flu shot and seven years ago, with my first child I didn't take any shots during pregnancy. It does worry the fact that it's a new recommendation and that there are so many risks involved. This is my last pregnancy and I did have a pregnancy loss at 19 weeks three years ago. I din't want to do anything that could jeopardize things.
I know that I have a son and a step-daughter in school, but they both have been vaccinated. I'll definitely look up on other ways to keep baby safe.
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Breastfeed, hand washing, vit c, and don't let people come over if they have any symptoms of being ill or have been exposed to someone in the last week or two who was ill. It's a simple formula that tends to work out well
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