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Old 03-23-2013, 04:37 AM   #1
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Pertussis Vaccine

Who got the Pertussis vaccine during pregnancy? Who got theirs right after labor?
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:18 AM   #2
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I really thought about this one... I almost got it during pregnancy but only because I garden and ton and have not been up to date on tetanus. After a bunch of reading and thinking I just dont feel like there has been many studies done of the affects on a growing baby - so, I am going to take the risk and wait till after birth. I TRY to wear gloves when gardening but oh how I love being bare foot and having my fingers in the soil...
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I really thought about this one... I almost got it during pregnancy but only because I garden and ton and have not been up to date on tetanus. After a bunch of reading and thinking I just dont feel like there has been many studies done of the affects on a growing baby - so, I am going to take the risk and wait till after birth. I TRY to wear gloves when gardening but oh how I love being bare foot and having my fingers in the soil...
I've probably had it and was exposed to it when my kids got the disease 9 years ago. I did not get any vaccines during or after my children were born. I don't think I was offered any. May have though and just don't remember.

I was just wondering what pertussis has to do with gardening with or without gloves.
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I've probably had it and was exposed to it when my kids got the disease 9 years ago. I did not get any vaccines during or after my children were born. I don't think I was offered any. May have though and just don't remember.

I was just wondering what pertussis has to do with gardening with or without gloves.
The tdap vaccine (the one given to adults) has a tetanus AND pertussis vaccine combined, along with diphtheria. Gardening = potential tetanus exposure.
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The tdap vaccine (the one given to adults) has a tetanus AND pertussis vaccine combined, along with diphtheria. Gardening = potential tetanus exposure.
Do they not give just the tetanus by itself?
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Do they not give just the tetanus by itself?
You can at certain places but not at my hopspital, they said the do not even carry it... I dont think I would get it anyways - well that is until something started to stiffen up
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I've probably had it and was exposed to it when my kids got the disease 9 years ago. I did not get any vaccines during or after my children were born. I don't think I was offered any. May have though and just don't remember.

I was just wondering what pertussis has to do with gardening with or without gloves.
The pertussis vaccine has tetantus shot in it... Most people think you get tetanus from rusty nails but really it is from contaminated soil - so garden is a risk (and I bite my nails leaving open sores... bad, I know!). Of course if you step on a dirty, rusty farm nail on the ground it is probably pretty contaminated too
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The pertussis vaccine has tetantus shot in it... Most people think you get tetanus from rusty nails but really it is from contaminated soil - so garden is a risk (and I bite my nails leaving open sores... bad, I know!). Of course if you step on a dirty, rusty farm nail on the ground it is probably pretty contaminated too
Tetanus can only live in an anaerobic environment, so simple gardening is not risky. As long as a wound is able to be cleaned and opened, there is little risk of infection with tetanus. This is why puncture wounds are more worrisome.
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It is indeed such a hard choice. My pediatrician brought it up at our first meeting and my O.B. has never brought it up. Now I can't wait to ask my O.B. at my next appointment about what she thinks.
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I got mine after giving birth. That was when my MW offered it. I was very fine with doing it. Infact, everyone in my family got that vax before the baby came to protect him. Even DH got it.
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