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Tdap vaccine

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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Did you ladies decided to get or refuse your tdap vaccine this pregnancy? When I was pregnant with my daughter 6 years ago, it wasn't something my doctor gave during pregnancy. On my paperwork from the doctor that I got at my first prenatal appt it had a schedule of when they do things during your pregnancy, like the flu shot, ultrasounds, gestational diabetes test, etc and the tdap vaccine was one of the things on there. I don't know much about it and plan to do more research I would just like to hear your experience :)

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by on Apr. 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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Maks1mommy
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I have never gotten a shot while pregnant. Bump for others. 

I will get it after the baby is born though.

Heather2001
by Heather on Apr. 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Nope:


Glaring Lack of Safety Testing

You have to look no further than information in the vaccine manufacturer product inserts and posted online by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to quickly answer that question.

FACT: Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving influenza or Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S.12, 13 and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to these vaccines that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes.14

FACT: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists influenza and Tdap vaccines as either Pregnancy Category B or C biologicals,15 which means that adequate testing has not been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of influenza and Tdap vaccines state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn that the influenza and Tdap vaccines should "be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed."16, 17, 18

FACT: There are ingredients in influenza and pertussis containing Tdap vaccines that have not been fully evaluated for potential genotoxic19 or other adverse effects on the human fetus developing in the womb that may negatively affect health after birth, including aluminum adjuvants, mercury containing (Thimerosal) preservatives and many more bioactive and potentially toxic ingredients.20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

FACT: There are serious problems with outdated testing procedures for determining the potency and toxicity of pertussis vaccines and some scientists are calling for limits to be established for specific toxin content of pertussis-containing vaccines.30

FACT: There are no published biological mechanism studies that assess pre-vaccination health status and measure changes in brain and immune function and chromosomal integrity after vaccination of pregnant women or their babies developing in the womb.31

FACT: Since licensure of influenza and Tdap vaccines in the U.S., there have been no well designed prospective case controlled studies comparing the health outcomes of large groups of women who get influenza and pertussis containing Tdap vaccines during pregnancy either separately or simultaneously compared to those who do not get the vaccines, and no similar health outcome comparisons of their newborns at birth or in the first year of life have been conducted.

Safety and effectiveness evaluations that have been conducted are either small,32 retrospective,33, 34 compare vaccinated women to vaccinated women35 or have been performed by drug company or government health officials using unpublished data.36

FACT: The FDA has licensed Tdap vaccines to be given once as a single dose pertussis booster shot to individuals over 10 or 11 years old. The CDC's recommendation that doctors give every pregnant woman a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy – regardless of whether a woman has already received one dose of Tdap – is an off-label use of the vaccine.37

FACT: Injuries and deaths from pertussis-containing vaccines are the most compensated claims in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and influenza vaccine injuries and deaths are the second most compensated claim.38

FACT: A 2013 published study evaluating reports of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following vaccination in the U. S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and in a European vaccine reaction reporting system found that seasonal influenza vaccine was the most frequently suspected cause of brain inflammation after 18 years old, representing 32 percent of the total cases reported, and pertussis containing DTaP was among the vaccines most frequently associated with brain inflammation in children between birth and age five.39

FACT: When a pregnant woman is harmed by an influenza or Tdap vaccine, drug companies selling the vaccines in the U.S., doctors and other vaccine providers are shielded from vaccine injury lawsuits40 but it is unclear whether vaccine injuries sustained by an unborn child in the womb will qualify for federal vaccine injury compensation.41

smurfy88
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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Thank you for that information!

Quoting Heather2001:

Nope:

Glaring Lack of Safety Testing



You have to look no further than information in the vaccine
manufacturer product inserts and posted online by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to quickly
answer that question.


FACT: Drug companies did not test the safety and
effectiveness of giving influenza or Tdap vaccine to pregnant women
before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S.12, 13
and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological
responses to these vaccines that could affect pregnancy and birth
outcomes.14


FACT: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists influenza and Tdap vaccines as either Pregnancy Category B or C biologicals,15 which means that adequate testing has not
been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is
not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect
reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of influenza and Tdap vaccines
state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn
that the influenza and Tdap vaccines should "be given to a pregnant
woman only if clearly needed."16, 17, 18


FACT: There are ingredients in influenza and
pertussis containing Tdap vaccines that have not been fully evaluated
for potential genotoxic19
or other adverse effects on the human fetus developing in the womb that
may negatively affect health after birth, including aluminum adjuvants,
mercury containing (Thimerosal) preservatives and many more bioactive
and potentially toxic ingredients.20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29


FACT: There are serious problems with outdated
testing procedures for determining the potency and toxicity of pertussis
vaccines and some scientists are calling for limits to be established
for specific toxin content of pertussis-containing vaccines.30


FACT: There are no published biological
mechanism studies that assess pre-vaccination health status and measure
changes in brain and immune function and chromosomal integrity after
vaccination of pregnant women or their babies developing in the womb.31


FACT: Since licensure of influenza and Tdap
vaccines in the U.S., there have been no well designed prospective case
controlled studies comparing the health outcomes of large groups of
women who get influenza and pertussis containing Tdap vaccines during
pregnancy either separately or simultaneously compared to those who do
not get the vaccines, and no similar health outcome comparisons of their
newborns at birth or in the first year of life have been conducted.


Safety and effectiveness evaluations that have been conducted are either small,32 retrospective,33, 34 compare vaccinated women to vaccinated women35 or have been performed by drug company or government health officials using unpublished data.36


FACT: The FDA has licensed Tdap vaccines to be
given once as a single dose pertussis booster shot to individuals over
10 or 11 years old. The CDC's recommendation that doctors give every
pregnant woman a Tdap vaccination during every pregnancy – regardless of
whether a woman has already received one dose of Tdap – is an off-label
use of the vaccine.37


FACT: Injuries and deaths from
pertussis-containing vaccines are the most compensated claims in the
federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and influenza vaccine
injuries and deaths are the second most compensated claim.38


FACT: A 2013 published study evaluating reports
of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following vaccination in
the U. S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and in a
European vaccine reaction reporting system found that seasonal influenza
vaccine was the most frequently suspected cause of brain inflammation
after 18 years old, representing 32 percent of the total cases reported,
and pertussis containing DTaP was among the vaccines most frequently
associated with brain inflammation in children between birth and age
five.39


FACT: When a pregnant woman is harmed by an
influenza or Tdap vaccine, drug companies selling the vaccines in the
U.S., doctors and other vaccine providers are shielded from vaccine
injury lawsuits40
but it is unclear whether vaccine injuries sustained by an unborn child
in the womb will qualify for federal vaccine injury compensation.41


Rosehawk
by on Apr. 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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I got it. It's a combo for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough). There was a huge outbreak of whooping cough in my state not that long ago. There is also a high percentage of parents that either delay vaccines or don't vaccinate at all in my state.

I want to make ME and my kids as safe as we can.

kmugs
by on Apr. 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

When is your baby due?

Pertussis is more common in late summer/early fall, fwiw.

I would not do a vaccine during pregnancy.

Have there been any long term studies?





StaciF
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM
I never ever get vaccines when pregnant
NativeMamaDuke
by Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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I got it. I put alot of though into it though since it's more for baby than for me. It's the whooping cough vaccine (tetnis shot). I guess the doctors have been having a higher case of whooping cough in newborns these last couple years and some of them have died because of it. They are offering the Tdap so that the medicine will get to baby since they can't have a whooping/tetnis shot until they are older than 2 years or something like that. The tdapt is just so that they can have some defense towards whooping cough.

I got it because I get sick really easy and in my town when something goes around EVERYONE gets it. so i figured better safe than sorry.

smurfy88
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM
He is due in July.

Quoting kmugs:

When is your baby due?

Pertussis is more common in late summer/early fall, fwiw.

I would not do a vaccine during pregnancy.

Have there been any long term studies?

lilmama8408
by Silver Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM
All 3 of my kids are/will be summer babies. I dont get any shots while pregnant. I dont trust them.
smurfy88
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Thanks for your input ladies :)

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