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Old 05-22-2016, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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My mother-in-law says she does not need the Tdap To be around my infant because she had whooping cough as a child...she also said her doctor refuses to give it to her because she has high blood pressure...she also says...she bever to have tetnus because she got a high fever when she had the shot approximately 40 years ago...I am afraid to haver her neat my new born baby

I just wanted to chime in that our pharmaceutical companies do not make vaccines like they did 40 years ago. Virtually every day at work there is some change in the procedure to help safeguard the public. Many of these changes are dictated by the FDA in our bible: CGMP (which stands for: Current Good Manufacturing Processes: Facts About the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs)). Although costly; it is in our best interest and the survival of our company depends on following procedures and doing the job right the first time.


So, when your mother complained about the one shot 40 years ago; today's shot is not made the same way. I also remember the sore arm and fever from these vaccinations 40 or 50 years ago. Everything in the pharmaceutical industry changes and if we can do a better job; we will. About 30/40 years ago there was one major change in the raw material used for making tetanus vaccine. That led to safer vaccines without many of the adverse reactions. I had the tetanus vaccination last summer with no problems - we don't like problems.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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My mother-in-law says she does not need the Tdap To be around my infant because she had whooping cough as a child...she also said her doctor refuses to give it to her because she has high blood pressure...she also says...she bever to have tetnus because she got a high fever when she had the shot approximately 40 years ago...I am afraid to haver her neat my new born baby
Your mother-in-law can safely take the Tdap unless she actually had an allergic reaction (fever is not an allergic reaction) to any of the three vaccines in it. High blood pressure is not a contraindication to getting the vaccine. She needs a different doctor.
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My mother-in-law says she does not need the Tdap To be around my infant because she had whooping cough as a child...she also said her doctor refuses to give it to her because she has high blood pressure...she also says...she bever to have tetnus because she got a high fever when she had the shot approximately 40 years ago...I am afraid to haver her neat my new born baby
Immunity to whooping cough disease lasts 20 years max. She should get the Tdap as others have said. I do agree that talking to the ped is a good idea; it may go over better if you say, "My pediatrician says. . . ".
Duration of immunity against pertussis after natural infection or vaccination. - PubMed - NCBI
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Old 05-22-2016, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Another option, if the mother-in-law insists she cannot take the Tdap, is to get a pertussis titer drawn. Doing that would probably cost more than the vaccine, though.

Tdap Titer Test
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:59 AM
 
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Tetanus-prone injuries are those that are in depth or are infected with dust or soil. If you are uncertain about when you got your final tetanus shot, it is enough to be secure and get another shot than sorry. If it is for the case of the baby then Parents Need to follow it.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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You could also not let your MIL be around the baby until she shows proof of current vaccinations. Of course, that might stir things up with her, but if you are concerned about your baby's health, you might consider it...
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