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Should I get the whooping cough Vaccine while pregnant?

Commented on April 24, 2014
Created October 09, 2013 at 5:37 PM

We are about 99% positive our two year old has whooping cough. Going to the doctor in an hour to find out for sure. We are doing everything we can to make this process easier for him but it looks like it's just one of those things you have to wait out at this point =(

I'm 20 weeks pregnant and I'm not sure what to do. I know that the vaccine is encouraged for pregnant women, but is it really necessary? If I get the whooping cough, I should be fine considering that I have a strong immune system and no health issues or asthma. I'm 24 years old, take probiotics every day as well as vitamins. But what about the baby?

Would it be beneficial for the baby if I didn't take the antibiotics or whooping cough shot, because then the baby would have natural antibodies to the disease? I didn't find much on the dangers of a pregnant woman getting it.

Also if anyone has any suggestions about how to kick this crap, that would be awesome. We are doing oil of oregano for our son, vitamin C, elderberry syrup, peroxide in the ears, a honey garlic lemon cough syrup, bone broth, drocera...nothing seems to be working.

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on April 24, 2014
at 08:35 PM

Generally any medical procedure carries some risk of miscarriage. When you're paying good money to get a baby put in you, you want to minimize chances of miscarrying.

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on April 24, 2014
at 03:39 PM

No, this is just their recommendation. They told me to get it within the week when my procedure was scheduled.

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on April 24, 2014
at 03:26 PM

Did your doctor explain why he said no to getting the vaccine while pregnant?

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on October 28, 2013
at 04:22 PM

The Vitamin D council's recommendations are based on sloppy science. Don't shoot for higher than 35 ng/ml.

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on October 28, 2013
at 03:55 PM

For some reason, I can't upvote this. I hope your son will be okay, and I strongly support getting the vaccinations. I can't believe this is still a problem, with all the debunking that has gone on.Talk to your doctor about your concerns, that's what their job is. Even Jenny McCarthy has revealed that her son didn't have autism, and now she wants "further study" of vaccines, not just people stopping using them. Although, I think she owes a better apology.

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on October 12, 2013
at 02:27 PM

"Vaccines are safe." Did you look into your magic 8 ball for that?

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on October 11, 2013
at 10:53 PM

There are many kinds of gambling, gambling and gambling are not always the same.

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on October 11, 2013
at 03:43 PM

I'm shocked, shocked to find gambling in this casino!

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:35 PM

He's paleo, it's not a basement, it's a cave. ;)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:35 PM

Here's hoping it's not!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:31 PM

Apparently so, but it still appears to offer a significant amount of protection even if the vaccination was quite a while ago.

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:26 PM

We are still waiting to find out. The doctor said she thinks it's allergies, but our son stopped coughing when we went to the doctors office(of course!). He's never had allergies before and that cough as well as his previous symptoms still sound JUST like the whooping cough. But it would be really nice to be wrong(which is very possible since I'm not a doctor) and it just be allergies.

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:23 PM

I can agree with that. I hate the idea of the chemicals in vaccines, but I worry more about the reprecussions of not getting the vaccine, than the vaccine possibly causing harm.

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:22 PM

It looks like the newer vaccine may not be as effective as we believed (specifically, it wears off sooner).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pertussis_vaccine

Also, if there are genetic or epidemiological factors involved, then clustered failures are less unlikely.

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:09 PM

take off the tinfoil hat and come out of the basement.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:02 PM

Speaking of vaccines, I'm well overdue for my tetanus vaccination. Everybody has told me that I should get the DPT, since pertussis is on the rise.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:58 PM

I don't think any legit risk-benefit analysis of vaccines has ever shown that risks overshadow benefits.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:57 PM

If the standard course of treatment/prevention is the whooping cough vaccine in pregnant women, I wouldn't suggest deviating from it. You're sure it's not simply croup?

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:54 PM

You're saying the vaccine failed 5 times then? 3 kids sick with whooping cough and then you and your child caught it? I find that hard to believe. It's not unexpected that vaccines fail occasionally (that is well known).

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Of course! We always go to the doctor when needing medical advice. I just find it easier to make decisions when I've heard of other peoples opinions and experiences =) Our 2 year old has been vaccinated for whooping cough. However I have not. I'm very concerned about his health if he does have the cough but also equally concerned about our unborn baby. That's why I'm wondering about vaccinations, because I know they aren't usually recommended for pregnant women, but the whooping cough vaccine is.

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on October 09, 2013
at 09:43 PM

The vaccine is efficacious but like any other medical treatment may not have 100% effectiveness in real-world contexts. Second, pointing to people who get vaccinated and still get whooping cough is like pointing to people who don't smoke and still get emphysema. You can improve your odds with sensible preventative measures, and still get unlucky.

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on October 09, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Really?? She comes here looking for advice and you are going to lambast her for vaccinating/not vaccinating? You're really brave behind the protection of your computer screen. For the record, my baby and I both caught whooping couch from three FULLY VACCINATED kids. Explain that Mr. Expert. The vaccine is not efficacious.

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on October 09, 2013
at 08:06 PM

I'm not anti vaccine, but there are studies proving some points against. I'm not wild about injecting preservatives into my body. My kids just got a round of shots the other day, for all sorts of things that I never got vaccinated for.

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02ed11dd6b1f6b3add337b8c3c48014a

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on October 11, 2013
at 03:33 PM

Notwithstanding my own opinion on vaccines, I am shocked by the rightenousness, condemnation and lack of respect for diverse opinions on vaccines expressed here. In a "paleo" forum, even. There many that live according to the idea that vaccines are dirty hacks - that is *their* choice - and the last thing anyone in distress needs is arrogant, accusatory, opinionated stuff thrown at them.

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on October 11, 2013
at 03:43 PM

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on October 10, 2013
at 07:43 PM

For what it's worth, my doctor said no to getting the vaccine while pregnant. I did IVF and they had me get the DTAP vaccine a good month before. They told me I could not get it any closer to that. But talk to your doctor just to be sure.

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on April 24, 2014
at 03:26 PM

Did your doctor explain why he said no to getting the vaccine while pregnant?

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on April 24, 2014
at 03:39 PM

No, this is just their recommendation. They told me to get it within the week when my procedure was scheduled.

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on October 10, 2013
at 03:31 PM

YES you should get the shot. Why the hell were you not already vaccinated? Why the hell was your CHILD not already vaccinated?

http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/whooping-cough-dangerous/

Whooping cough is DANGEROUS. Vaccines are safe.

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on October 12, 2013
at 02:27 PM

"Vaccines are safe." Did you look into your magic 8 ball for that?

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on October 10, 2013
at 02:16 AM

For you, 40,000 IUs of D3 in an oil base per day for 3 days. For your son, 2,000 IUs per day.

Both of you should get your D3 blood level tested. Optimal is 50-60 ng/ml.

More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 28, 2013
at 04:22 PM

The Vitamin D council's recommendations are based on sloppy science. Don't shoot for higher than 35 ng/ml.

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on October 09, 2013
at 08:52 PM

I agree SAMC. We got maybe three, now they need over 40 doses and the list is growing. Its not about protection, its become greed and big pharma.

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on October 09, 2013
at 11:09 PM

take off the tinfoil hat and come out of the basement.

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on October 09, 2013
at 06:36 PM

First: Talk to your doctor! They know what to do. Get your son to the doctor too. Don't mess around with communicable diseases.

Second: Don't be so weary of vaccinations. There's essentially zero evidence that points to negative health outcomes with respect to vaccines. As opposed to literally catching and dying from the disease.

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Of course! We always go to the doctor when needing medical advice. I just find it easier to make decisions when I've heard of other peoples opinions and experiences =) Our 2 year old has been vaccinated for whooping cough. However I have not. I'm very concerned about his health if he does have the cough but also equally concerned about our unborn baby. That's why I'm wondering about vaccinations, because I know they aren't usually recommended for pregnant women, but the whooping cough vaccine is.

Dd51e9dbda5a8d04a8ae131738a72601

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on October 09, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Really?? She comes here looking for advice and you are going to lambast her for vaccinating/not vaccinating? You're really brave behind the protection of your computer screen. For the record, my baby and I both caught whooping couch from three FULLY VACCINATED kids. Explain that Mr. Expert. The vaccine is not efficacious.

Medium avatar

(238)

on October 09, 2013
at 08:06 PM

I'm not anti vaccine, but there are studies proving some points against. I'm not wild about injecting preservatives into my body. My kids just got a round of shots the other day, for all sorts of things that I never got vaccinated for.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on October 28, 2013
at 03:55 PM

For some reason, I can't upvote this. I hope your son will be okay, and I strongly support getting the vaccinations. I can't believe this is still a problem, with all the debunking that has gone on.Talk to your doctor about your concerns, that's what their job is. Even Jenny McCarthy has revealed that her son didn't have autism, and now she wants "further study" of vaccines, not just people stopping using them. Although, I think she owes a better apology.

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