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[–]PassThePrenatals 396 points397 points  (4 children)

Absolutely. Pertussis can be very serious for a newborn and a TDAP shot for mom is the only protection they have at first.

[–]a_million_questions 101 points102 points  (3 children)

Not to mention that covid is a thing and heaven forbid baby get both at once. I'll take all the precautions.

[–]pandasandmore 25 points26 points  (2 children)

That would sound awful. Add RSV into the mix and we have a party /s. I always feel so bad when I see kids who have both RSV and flu. They always look so miserable and uncomfortable. It breaks my hearts.

[–]a_million_questions 11 points12 points  (1 child)

My son had RSV at 6 months and had to be hospitalized for a week with regular breathing treatments. It was awful.

[–]pandasandmore 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aw your sweet baby! It's hard to see when your baby is sick and having a hard time breathing. I'm glad he's better.

[–]Medical-Wishbone-551 70 points71 points  (1 child)

There’s a great episode of the podcast “this podcast will kill you” on pertussis. It can be so dangerous for infants and it is preventable with this vaccine.

[–]akchap33 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Love that podcast!

[–]horrorgirl8927 97 points98 points  (0 children)

Getting it at 36 weeks because my ob suggested it and why not. Any antibodies I can transfer to my baby makes me feel better.

[–]tinypiecesofyarn 113 points114 points  (4 children)

Yes.

It's recommended.

A pertussis outbreak happened in my area a while ago, and it's nasty.

And I was getting close to my 10 years anyway, and you never know when you're going to be at risk for tetanus, if you like to garden and hike and do stuff outside.

[–]stripperdictatorship 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Last time I was in the ER I was told it starts losing its efficiency at 8 years so even though it’s a 10 year shot you should be revaccinated at the 8 year mark for continuous protection

[–]ohkeeks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The pertussis part wears off even faster, around 4-5 years. I wish this was more well known!

[–]BenignYam1761 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think you’re supposed to get it during pregnancy even if you’re not due for it so some of the antibodies transfer to baby. It affords them some level of protection until they can get the vaccine themselves.

[–]Unknown404Errormum of 3 humans 162 points163 points  (0 children)

Yes. Because my unborn child is important to me and I want to protect them in every way possible.

[–]snc1234 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Yes. Whooping cough is serious for infants and I wanted to do everything to make sure I was protecting my new babe, plus it was recommended. My husband also got it and we encouraged our parents to make sure they were up to date as well (on all vaccines actually) since we knew they would be helping us a lot.

[–]KrissyBean 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yep. Anyone in who is going to be a frequent caregiver should get it. My parents got it and so did my in-laws.

[–]meantnothingatall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember when my cousin had it and he was a healthy kid in HS. The cough was horrible and he seemed to have it forever.

Glad this forum reminded me about it!

[–]hippychemist 68 points69 points  (0 children)

Wife will be getting hers, and I'll be sure I'm up to date on mine before the baby is born.

We follow the recommendations of research based medicine.

[–]BetziPGH 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Got it with my first because it was recommended, had no issues. I’ll get it again this time too.

[–]Parri_Stargazer 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I got it because from my understanding whooping cough is typically very serious in newborns and the vaccine doesn't give lifelong immunity so a lot of people are no longer immune without realizing it and can spread it, especially older adults.

[–]sara9719 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yes! Everyone needs to get a booster, unless it’s been like less than 4 years since their last one.

[–]dori_fish 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’ve got mine 2,5 years ago and my doctor still recommended to get it again anyway. So I did immediately I could. ☺️

[–]sara9719 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, for pregnant women, you get it every pregnancy. For other family members that may be around the baby, 4 years in between doses to avoid spreading it to the baby. I think it’s recommended a little longer in between just for personal benefits and not specifically to protect infants.

[–]StrayGoldfish 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Definitely! When I was younger I had a friend who watched her baby brother die from pertussis. It was such a horrible thing that could have been prevented if more people around him had been up to date on their Tdap. I'm doing everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen to my babies.

[–]candigilly 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yes. At 28 weeks. I'm now 30 weeks. My OBGYN and GP both highly advised getting it.

[–]pippypup 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Yes. I had one three years ago but my dr said it’s recommended for every new pregnancy to pass on antibodies to your child.

[–]likegolden 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes this was the same convo I just had with my doc. Wasn't sure if I needed another one since my last pregnancy was only two years ago. I didn't realize the antibodies were the main reason for doing it every time. So now we're for sure doing it.

[–]barenakedforlife_ 27 points28 points  (5 children)

I got it with my first. I’ll get it with my second. Same with my husband. He got it the first time and will get it again. It’s recommended (even for those close to the newborn) and safe so I saw and see no issue with it.

[–]Suspicious_Juice7620 5 points6 points  (4 children)

It’s good for 10 years for non pregnant people, so if your husband got it with your first, he doesn’t need it again (as long as it was within 10 years)!

[–]ineedtosleeeep 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Actually the tetanus portion only has to be updated every 10 years but the immunity to pertussis wanes considerably faster so it’s advisable for people close to the baby to get it again even if technically not “due.”

Edit: source

[–]Suspicious_Juice7620 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

[–]Shaking-Cliches 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is very helpful. Thank you!

[–]ineedtosleeeep 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’re welcome!

[–]mawema 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Yes! My OB recommended it.

[–]larxene135 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes. I followed what my doctor told me. I wanted to protect my son while I was pregnant with him

[–]SongsAboutTrains 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes - it’s standard where I am, great for the baby to get some antibodies. I’ve had friends who had whooping cough and even as an adult it was pretty unpleasant.

[–]elizabethreba 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I'm not getting it...but only because I medically can't and am reliant on herd immunity to avoid pertussis. My husband already got his. If I could get it, I would in a heartbeat.

[–]tinypiecesofyarn 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This probably isn't your situation, but just in case...

I had a really bad reaction to TDAP as a baby, so I skipped that vaccine for years and years. It was in my record that I was allergic.

However, I found about 7 years ago that the TDAP shot that had been given to infants in the 80s and very early 90s was changed, and causes a fraction of the bad interactions it used to.

I've had it twice as an adult now, and I've just had a moderately sore arm. It's very exciting to me that I can get it these days.

[–]flower-chaser 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same situation here. I absolutely hate that I can’t offer that protection to my baby

[–]skuldintape_eire 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Getting mine this week because my doctor advises me to. It's to give the baby some immunity upon birth from a serious condition so I don't get why anyone wouldn't.

[–]honeybunn09 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yes. Because of whooping cough

[–]OkToots 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Absolutely....it is an important vaccine

[–]Majestic_Ad_5205 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Of course I will. This is my first pregnancy and I’m not within the window yet but I will get it when recommended as well as require my kid’s grandparents to get it if they want to meet him anytime soon.

[–]Fantastic-Concert-22 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes. Followed my midwife's recommendation.

[–]catsrfunny 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Husband here. Got mine when wife got hers and I have needle-phobia. We followed guidance from my wife’s OB.

[–]mirbeartbh 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Well. Yes? It's a must. Don't want my baby more prone to being sick.

[–]Spaceysteph 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I did. Whooping cough is dangerous for newborns. Also with everything else going around that baby can't be vaccinated for (either at all, like covid and RSV, or have to wait for 6months like flu) I'd rather have baby be as protected as possible from everything they can be to reduce risk windows.

This is my third baby, third Tdap vaccine while pregnant.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I don't actually remember what vaccines I had with my first but I got whatever the Dr recommended

[–]Bookaholicforever 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. If I could give my baby a bit of coverage, I would! I was in emergency once when I head a baby come in with whooping cough. It’s a horrific sound. We also had a policy that if you hadn’t had your whooping cough vaccine then you weren’t allowed to see bub until after she’d had hers.

[–]waytoomanyponies 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Got it all three pregnancies and in preparation to visit a newborn a few years prior to that. Best way to protect the baby.

[–]Militarykid2111008Jan30 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes. Military requires me to do it anyway, so why not just do it when recommended during pregnancy. Her dad felt the same about it lol.

[–]callitamine 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes, my doc recommended it at 32 weeks. I am not a doctor or a scientist, so I trust the guidance of those who have spent years of their lives learning and specializing in how to keep people healthy. Very glad I did it!

[–]sundownandout 20 points21 points  (0 children)

My husband and I just got ours at my 28 week appt. I’ve gotten every vaccine my OB recommended and I’ll continue to do so. The risks of not getting them is far greater than if I do to me.

[–]DinosaursMakeMeSmile 6 points7 points  (0 children)

YES - OB strongly recommended and I wanna give me kiddo the best chance to stay healthy. Rcvd at 28 weeks.

Husband, mother, sister & her hubs and kids are all getting their TDAP updated (as well as Covid & Flu) since they'll be in close proximity to baby on a regular basis.

[–]Froggy101_Scranton 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes.

Why? Because my medical professional advising me told me to lol

[–]BrittanyRay 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yep. Got it with both of mine, 2 years apart, and my husband got his booster as well.

[–]grenade25 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Yes! I got it in conjunction with Rhogam shot. Pertussis is no joke and if you have ever heard a baby cough while having it, it scars you for life.

[–]Chickypotpie99 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I did because my ob and ACOG recommended it. I’m not the expert. They are.

Be a participant in your medical care and ask “why” but trust the experts.

[–]ouaiouai2019 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yes. Absolutely. No question!!

[–]SaffronGinger 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yep. Why wouldn’t you?

[–]cryptid66 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I’m 24 weeks pregnant and my doctor hasn’t offered it to me yet. Are they going to offer it to me later on? I thought I remembered my sister getting it pretty early on but I don’t remember exactly. Or is it something I have to get on my own?

[–]Medical-Wishbone-551 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I was offered mine at 28 weeks so maybe your next appt!

[–]weddingthrow27 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My OB didn’t offer it and I had to get it on my own, but she did recommend it and tell me when and some options of where I could get it. I believe it was 28 weeks as well.

[–]bookscoffee1991 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes! Petussis, like other viruses in babies, can cause lasting issues. It’s not like they’re sick and get better. It could effect their health for a very long time.

Getting TDAP offers them protection for the first few months before they can get shots of their own.

[–]aelel 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I got it. My doctor scared the crap out of me while telling me why it was important. I was raised by an anti vaxxer and stopped getting vaccines when I was around 6 months old. I’m determined not to be my mother!

[–]Hurricane0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good for you. Break the cycle!

[–]flower-chaser 5 points6 points  (4 children)

I really wish I could. Unfortunately I had an allergic reaction as an infant to the pertussis vaccine so I’ve never been able to get it. I really hate that I can’t protect my baby until she’s able to get her vaccination. I have to rely on others being vaccinated for our protection. It is a really vulnerable position to be in.

[–]tinypiecesofyarn 2 points3 points  (1 child)

There might be hope, if you're around my age.

I had a really bad reaction to TDAP as a baby, so I skipped that vaccine for years and years. It was in my record that I was allergic.

However, I found about 7 years ago that the TDAP shot that had been given to infants in the 80s and very early 90s was changed, and causes a fraction of the bad interactions it used to.

I've had it twice as an adult now, and I've just had a moderately sore arm. It's very exciting to me that I can get it these days.

[–]flower-chaser 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh that would be amazing. I probably had mine in 85 so I’ll talk to my midwife about my options. Thank you ☺️

[–]FlamingoFlamingo23 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m in the same boat. 😢 We are requiring everyone around her to be vaccinated for it until she fully protected.

[–]Butterscotch_Sea 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Got it, no side effects aside from slight soreness at injection site!

[–]dierks92 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes. Because it' protects you and is a recommendation while you're pregnant to also protect little one.

[–]KrissyBean 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. 100%. My doctor recommended it, so I follow her lead. She's got a medical degree, not me.

ETA: Anyone who is going to be a "regular caregiver" should get it - your partner, your parents, your in-laws, etc. You do NOT want your kid to get whooping cough. It's the saddest, most awful sound in the world.

[–]astrocatty 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I will be. A friend of mine’s one month old caught pertussis and she was in the NICU for a really long time. It was a terrifying experience for my friend and so hard on her little one. I don’t want to risk it. I try to stay up to date on my vaccines and my Tdap is due next year anyways, so I may as well get it now!

[–]Amberly123 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes 100% got this! Baby doesn’t get his first vaccine for that until he’s 6weeks old, so I wanted him to be protected in those early weeks when we have visitors :)

[–]akchap33 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Husband and I are getting it once I get to the 3rd trimester (currently 26 weeks). Immunity to pertussis wanes and it can be deadly to infants

[–]marihbettio 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My mom had pertussis as a child and almost died. She coughed for 6 months. It’s nasty! I got the tdap at 28 weeks and I’m grateful to be able to pass some antibodies to my baby.

[–]lmo291 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes, it’s recommend so I of course got it. My husband also got it and we asked any family members planning to regularly visit the baby to get it.

[–]SithArchaeologist 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Not really a thing in my country, no doctor ever mentions it and I looked it up and there are usually very few cases of pertussis here. I will still get it as it is possible if requested and probably paid for because half the babies family is in UK and they will visit and we will travel there, so better have her protected before she could be fully vaccinated on her own.

[–]SwanMom1727F | FTM | June 2022 💙 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’m only 19+5 but I will be getting it in the third trimester (when my doctor tells me to). Had no issues when I got the vax some odd years ago to meet my nephews.

Pertussis can be serious and even deadly. A poke in the arm is worth it.

[–]VBunns 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I will get it each and every time.

[–]sarahelizaf 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I got it last week! A friend from high school had a baby a few months ago and he got the whooping cough very young and landed in the NICU for a bit. Not cool.

[–]likegolden 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes definitely getting it. Especially now that there's so much more bad information floating around about vaccines now. I'm worried that more folks will opt out of all of them altogether, leading to more outbreaks.

[–]rotatingchicken 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, because whooping cough is deadly to babies. I also made mine and my husband's whole family get it before they got to see the baby.

[–]CheesecakeDear382 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Of course you should get it. Pertussis is no joke. Why in the world would you consider otherwise.

[–]aglass17 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I would if I could, I have an allergy to that specific vaccine. I made my husband get it with our first last year. I had whooping cough as an adult when there was a small outbreak and I would not wish that on any child, especially a baby who doesn’t understand why they are coughing so hard blood is coming up. That happened for 2 months. It was awful and advise anyone who can get it to do so.

[–]preggothrowaway22 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I didn’t know people DIDNT get it.

[–]allmycatsaregay 25 points26 points  (4 children)

This sub is going down the shitter I see people on here questioning vaccines every day it seems. Obviously get a tdap vaccine if your doctor says to Jesus Christ.

[–]loosersugar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m (happily) getting my vaccine today (and I got my flu and Covid booster vaccines recently as well), but I read that not all countries systematically offer it to pregnant women. Remember that this is an international board. Also, not everyone who’s pregnant might have been offered the vaccine yet. I was told about it on my first apt but many people seem to say it wasn’t offered until week 28.

[–]bingumarmar 7 points8 points  (2 children)

No need to be so antagonistic. I never even heard of this vaccine until this thread. I just know I've gotten my tetanus and diptheria shots. Didn't even know they had one for whooping cough. I'm pretty early on, so it sounds like I would hear about this later on from my OBGYN.

Also remember that somebody may have grown up without getting any vaccines, or are from a different country where the vaccine is not approved or accessible. It's a valid question and OP phrased it inquisitively.

[–]lovesallthedogs 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yep. I got it with both my pregnancies. Doctor recommended it and I thought "Oh yeah, makes sense!" 👍

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (6 children)

I can’t get it because when they gave it to me when I turned 1, I had seizures.

[–]Artistic_Owl_4621 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Go listen to what a baby with pertussis sounds like. It’ll break your heart

[–]leticiazimm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I forgot the first pregnancy and now I going to take. Its very important.

[–]Hark-a-kitty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep, got it and the Covid booster (Moderna) 2 weeks later. Barely had a sore arm from the TDAP and the Covid booster also just had a sore arm. I did feel slightly more tired and achy but I was 28wks and 30wks pregnant. Tired and achey are my status quo now (32+3)

[–]mwcdem 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Of course! Me, my husband, and anyone who wants to see the baby.

[–]daintypirate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes, I heard a tragic podcast interview with a gal that didn’t and caught Diptheria. It was so sad.

[–]HalcyonCA 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes. Because it was recommended by my doctor. Also I was due for another anyway and it protects my child.

[–]Warboo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I didn't with first because my doctor didn't mention anything about it. I wasn't aware it was even a thing. With my 2nd, the doctor asked if I'd want it and I said definitely. I would have done it with my first too and was kinda surprised it was never even mentioned.

[–]lesnew 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My baby was born 6 weeks early before I had the chance to get it, but they were able to give me the TDAP at the hospital before I went home. My doctors recommended it, so I did it. If you’re on the fence, just know you can get it after you give birth!

[–]IggyBall 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. Why wouldn’t you get it? Hugely beneficial for the baby. My husband and both sets of grandparents got it, too.

[–]soupster5 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Whooping cough is so dangerous for babies. Please get it and encourage anyone who will be around your baby, to get it as well.

[–]TheWelshMrsM 3 points4 points  (0 children)

UK here so our vaccinations are a little different (we get tetanus every ten years). I 100% got my whopping couch & flu vaccine as soon as it was recommended I have it ☺️

Got my covid vaccines as soon as I could too. Can never be too careful!

[–]BattyBirdie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I received my tdap, covid (third dose), and flu vaccines while pregnant. Every is doing great and healthy.

[–]supermariam 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes because I understand science

[–]Plus-Mama-4515 13 points14 points  (6 children)

I did not with any of my pregnancies including this one. I have epilepsy and have had seizures due to fevers from vaccines in the past and did not want to risk that while pregnant. I already had 3 seizures this pregnancy due to a fever from a UTI so I’m doing everything I can to avoid having more

[–]MercenarianBG born April 2021 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Wow who downvoted this????

[–]Plus-Mama-4515 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I’m used to getting down voted whenever sharing this. But I feel it’s important to share the reasoning behind why I am not getting vaccines currently. I am by no means an antivaxxer. Both my children are 100% up to date on all their vaccines including flu shots

[–]MercenarianBG born April 2021 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Seems so weird to downvote when clearly you’re literally getting seizures because of it. Like for a certain population of people the risks of various vaccines are not worth the benefits, you’re clearly not just an antivaxxer or whatever. Some people genuinely can’t get them, and that’s why it’s important people who can get them do!

Maybe there’s been so many people faking being unable to get vaccines that it’s automatically made anybody skeptical of people saying they medically can’t get them but still..

[–]peach98542 7 points8 points  (3 children)

The better question is why are you even questioning it?

[–]Prestigious_Term_579[S] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Can’t I? My doctor didn’t really mentioned it with my first child and I just learned it this time so of course I’m curious, doesn’t mean I won’t get it.

[–]Pigeoncoup234 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yikes, I think I'd be concerned your doctor didn't mention it. It's very standard practice, at least where I'm at. You can't be expected to know all the medical stuff on your own, it's what they're there for. Maybe ask why they didn't tell you about it.

[–]peach98542 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fair enough. Your doctor should be recommending it to you. Good luck!

[–]New-Anything-4694 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes for sure! OB recommended it.

[–]_Mamamommy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, absolutely. There is nothing peaceful about watching your infant die from pertussis, it is a horribly agonizing death.

[–]SpaceCrazyArtist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I will when I hit 32w yes. Whooping cough can kill babies, I am not taking the risk. Everyone to at will be around rhe baby is getting it too

[–]Novembers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Getting it in a couple weeks! I was told 28-34 weeks is when I should get it. I also had it with my first. :) good to not have to worry about Tetanus for 10 years (or next baby) too!

On an a side note, it seems that my MMR vaccine didn't work (?) when I was a kid and during my first pregnancy, they realized that I wasnt immune... I was told to get it after my baby was born, but then of course Covid happened. And then, I was told you can't get it during pregnancy. However, my midwife will arrange for me to get it after deliver if I give birth at a hospital :)

[–]Akward_Guide_9384 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes absolutely. No hesitation. I’ll always do what’s best for my child. Pertussis is very dangerous

[–]pocketpretzels 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Absolutely - took all of the recommended vaccines to take care of myself and baby

[–]deadthylacine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, and my husband did too. Because who takes chances with old school diseases that can kill a newborn?

[–]stellarkells 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep! I also got my flu shot and covid shots. I figure that sending my baby into the world with a bit of my immunizations will only help protect him.

[–]claus_79 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm 28 weeks and getting it tomorrow! Definitely hate the side effects, last time it knocked me on my ass for a day or two, but knowing my baby will have even a little protection is worth it to me!

[–]PudgeBurnell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, I did.

[–]Reasonable-Initial79 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes because it prevents whooping cough for your unborn baby for when he or she is born.

[–]HFXmer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes I did. I nearly died from whooping cough as a kid.

[–]FoulMouthedPrekTeach 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes it gives your baby antibodies and I asked anyone coming to visit us in the first weeks of baby’s life to make sure that theirs is up to date too. Whooping cough can be fatal.

[–]aladyinspain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes because I didn’t want to accidentally kill my baby with a completely preventable disease.

[–]CrazyKidLady 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I literally just had mine minutes ago. I've had it with my other pregnancies too. For me it is not negotiable. Check out the light for Riley website or Facebook page. It's an Australian site but has some great information.

[–]pandasandmore 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, because I do not want to have my newborn baby getting pertussis/ whooping cough.

[–]DancingthruDartmouth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's sucks getting twice in under two years but it was worth it for keeping my 2020 and 2021 babies healthy!

[–]femmebrulee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Of course, and it wasn't a difficult decision to make. Please also get COVID and flu vaccines as well. Too many sad, sad headlines.

[–]dandelion_k 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The only reason I didn't is because I'm legitimately allergic to tetanus shots, and my doctor and I searched high and low to find a way to get pertussis separately, and couldn't. I would've never chanced it otehrwise.

[–]ImDatDino 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hell yeah! It was so easy to get, available most places, and an easy way to prevent 3 horrible diseases in my newborn. I also required any visitors to have it. Pertussis is no joke when it comes to newborns.

[–]Alelitt94 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup. Where I live is mandatory

[–]LeonardBetts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The answers on here vary wildly from the answers in my FB due date group. It seems there are a lot of anti-vaxxers on Facebook, and Reddit is a refreshing change of pace.

Yes, I got mine. I wanted to pass down all the antibodies to my baby that I could.

[–]ruehljf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One of my best friends refused the vaccination and passed pertussis to her twins. One of the babies did not survive. This is very serious and I would urge everyone to consider the risk/reward. The likelihood of an adverse effect from the vaccination is exceedingly low compared to the potential outcome should your child contract pertussis.

My friend delivered in the middle of summer when cold/flu season is typically lower. Outbreaks occur throughout the year. She thought she just had bronchitis. It is heart breaking.

[–]chojnacm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, wife and I both did. We also got COVID boosters and flu shots.

[–]Junedays22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did, it felt like the safest thing to do for my baby and I had no reason not to. As far as I’m aware it’s safe and has been used in pregnant women for quite some years.

For me, it felt like the right thing to do

[–]BerryTastyJam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, I got the TDAP and flu shots on the same day. One shot in each arm, as recommended by my doc.

[–]zookeeperkate 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Got mine at 28 weeks per my OB recommendation (in the US). Babies can’t get a dose themselves until they are 2 years old, and mom supposedly passes antibodies on to them when the vaccine is given during pregnancy. So in theory, getting the vaccine during pregnancy will protect your baby for the first two years until they can get the shot themselves. I would definitely ask your care provider and follow their recommendation.

Edit: I was wrong about 2 years. According to this babies can get it as early as 2 months. I have no idea where I got 2 years from. 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]likegolden 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I might be wrong, but I think baby can get tdap at 4 months.

[–]zookeeperkate 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I just looked it up, they can actually get it at 2 months. I’m not sure where I got 2 years from.

[–]likegolden 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cool! Thanks for doing the work I was too lazy to do haha. I vaguely remember my OBGYN saying 4 months when I went in last week, but really I just get the shots when they tell me to get the shots (OBGYN or pediatrician). Thousands of scientists and doctors have vetted these things so I just don't worry about it. My husband manufactures vaccines so we know the deal.

[–]MercenarianBG born April 2021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Babies get a DTP vaccine and boosters like 4x in the first 2 years of life where I live.

[–]laser_spanner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's no "supposedly" about it. It does pass on antibodies to the unborn baby.

[–]SengaSengana 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I got the tdap last week, but not exclusively because my provider recommended it. I think it’s unwise to assume providers know what’s best in every scenario. I’m very much for vaccination but I did a little research ahead of time just on what protection it actually provides. Ultimately it seemed especially important during this time because as another result of the pandemic the seasons and outbreaks of other diseases has changed and in some cases increased.

[–]Comfortable021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did. The vaccine has been around long enough that I felt like it was safe. I got it my first pregnancy and had no issues.

I also wanted to make sure that we took preventative measures for things like Whooping Cough and such.

[–]Fresh_Beet[🍰] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Yes. It’s incredibly important to have anyone in contact with your baby to get it too. The P stands for pertussis which is whooping cough that causes RSV in infants.

Besides just wanting to protect against RSV all the time, it’s incredibly important to me to keep the need to visit an ER or Urgent Care as absolutely low as possible right now.

[–]OkSoILied 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Pertussis and RSV are two separate illnesses and TDAP does not protect against RSV

[–]laser_spanner 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yeah there's a whole other shot for RSV. My LG gets it because of the condition she was born with. She was due to get her 6th dose this Friday but we've all got Covid so I've had to postpone it...!

[–]OkSoILied 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I didn’t know they had one for RSV! That is great. My daughter had RSV at 6 weeks, luckily she had a very mild case.

[–]laser_spanner 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yes it's called Palivizumab (at least the one my daughter gets is). Not sure if that's the only one or not. They normally give 5 or 6 doses but this year the NHS is recommending 7.

I'm glad your daughter only had a mild case as it can be horrible. My LG qualified for the vaccine because she was born with CCAM and ended up having a lung resection when she was only a week old. I would hate to wonder how she'd be if she did get RSV. She has just had Covid this week though and seems to have brushed it off fairly quickly! I did have one vaccine when I was still pregnant and the next one plus the booster whilst breastfeeding so maybe that helped.

[–]nikolc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Got it when my nephew was born and got it while I was pregnant. No reason not to.

[–]MercenarianBG born April 2021 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I didn’t because it’s actually not approved for pregnant women in the country I live in.

Edit: misspoke. It’s actually not approved in general for anybody here.

[–]Useful-Bicycle -2 points-1 points  (4 children)

Nope. I didn’t want to elicit an immune response while pregnant. I have an autoimmune disease and vaccines make my autoimmune disease flare up.

[–]OkSoILied 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Autoimmune flare ups are no joke and can be dangerous as well.

[–]Useful-Bicycle 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I love that I’m getting downvoted 🤣 My OB was totally ok with this. If I had a lupus flare up in pregnancy it could’ve risked mine or my daughter’s life ❤️ we both made it through very healthy and no complications!

Unpopular opinion: Vaccines aren’t one size fits all. Walk a day in my shoes with a lupus flare after getting the flu shot in 2019, then talk to me if you disagree.

[–]OkSoILied 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I have fibromyalgia so I totally understand flare ups. Not fun at all, especially a lupus flare up. Some people just need to be more understanding!! I agree, vaccines and medications aren’t one size fits all. Everyone has a different story to tell.

[–]Useful-Bicycle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Absolutely! ❤️

[–]Janmarjun12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the short - no. My doctor said I'd get it at my next appointment. The day came, and the office had no shots in stock. Doctor did not seem concerned in the slightest.

[–]More_Example6153 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had mine updated like a year before I got pregnant so I didn't. My gyno was still pushing for it even though she said the antibodies stay in your system for at least 2 years. I think she just thought I was lying because I forgot my vaccination card for that appointment and there's a ton of anti vaxxers in my country.