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can you get a "whooping cough" shot while pregnant?or do you have to wait till your in labor?

my friend is due any day and says noone can come in the hospital without having their whooping cough shot and as far as i know im not getting mine till i go into labor...what do i do??

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courtney_legg

Asked by courtney_legg at 1:57 PM on Nov. 28, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • YES, you can get the pertussis vaccination while pregnant. Ask them to give it to you tomorrow. You can get it somewhere if you need it, but you may have to pay if you go to a drug store or something. Many places are giving them this year. It's better to get it sooner than later, because it takes some time to build up immunity.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:01 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • will it help with my constant colds maybe??
    courtney_legg

    Comment by courtney_legg (original poster) at 2:03 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • Ask your doc. The CDC does not currently recommend the vaccine during pregnancy, which is why you heard you should have it in the hospital. I expect in some areas of the country where there are pertussis outbreaks, docs are giving them to pregnant women to prevent the spread of the disease.
    kjrn79

    Answer by kjrn79 at 2:06 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • NO. Two different diseases. Colds can't be prevented by any vaccine (including the flu shot). Colds are very common when you're pregnant, too, because you're immune-compromised. Try tea and honey to soothe your colds.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:07 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • okay...i just need to get better so i can return to work
    courtney_legg

    Comment by courtney_legg (original poster) at 2:13 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • uhhh don't bother. The whopping cough going around isn't in the shot anyway. Also it can be dangerous to get any vaccine while pregnant, even the flu shot can cause miscarriage and fetal death. Better safe than sorry.
    nicki.hemingway

    Answer by nicki.hemingway at 8:17 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • They say no to pregnant women for this vaccine. talk to your dr before you make a decision
    randibosin

    Answer by randibosin at 10:51 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

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