Please do not let any white coat intimidate you into a decision you are not ready to make. Research! This was put together by Marcella Piper-Terry. Share with all the pregnant mamas! And print it to bring to your next appointment.
There are two formulations of TDap licensed in the U.S.: Adacel and Boostrix. NEITHER has been tested on pregnant women, and there have been NO long-term follow-ups on the development of infants and children whose mothers received TDap during pregnancy. See section 8.1 about use in pregnancy. TDap vaccine is a Pregnancy Category C drug, and should only be given to pregnant women when there is a clear need. Note: The Boostrix insert says it’s Category B, but then goes on to state there have not been adequate studies in pregnant women and Boostrix should only be given to pregnant women when there is a clear need.
Section 11 is where you can find the information on ingredients. Adacel has 1,500 micrograms (1.5 mg.) of aluminum phosphate (330 micrograms aluminum), plus formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanol. Some of the ingredients are known to be carcinogenic. Section 13.1 says: Adacel has NOT been studied for carcinogenic or mutagenic effects, or for impairment of fertility.
Adacel Manufacturer’s Insert from Sanofi Pasteur:
Boostrix contains </= 390 micrograms aluminum, </= 100 micrograms formaldehyde and </= 100 mcg Polysorbate 80. In 2016, the American College of Pediatricians released a statement of concern about Gardasil causing premature ovarian failure because each dose contains 50 mcg Polysorbate 80. (Vitamin K injection contains 200 times that amount, with 10 mg. Polysorbate 80.) Polysorbate 80 is used in cancer drug trials as a delivery system to get medications into the brain because Polysorbate 80 opens up the junctions of the blood brain barrier. That is NOT a good thing for developing infants and children because it also allows toxins, viruses, and bacteria to gain access to the Central Nervous System – where they are not supposed to be.
Boostrix Manufacturer’s Insert from Glaxo-Smith-Kline:
See the same sections: 8.1, 11, and 13.1
I am also including Dr. Suzanne Humphries’ article on Vitamin C treatment for whooping cough. Hoping this will help you to feel less fearful about your decision… http://drsuzanne.net/2015/04/the-vitamin-c-treatment-of-whooping-cough-suzanne-humphries-md/
Here are some testimonials from parents who have used the Vitamin C treatment for whooping cough: http://drsuzanne.net/suzanne-humphries-md-testimonials/
Listen to your gut and don’t go against your intuition. (Based on most of my posts, I’m sure you can figure out where I land on this.)