Re: TT injection during Pregnancy
Tetanus is not routinely administered in India if you have injured yourself on the roads, or scrapped your knee in a park or other public places. When you are not pregnant, I mean. Lot of doctors do, some don't. That's why the recommendation to administer TT to all pregnant women.
In my cases, I had received 7 shots of Tetanus as the combination for Diphtheria, Tetanus and pertusis in the primary shots and as tetanus boosters later. This is the recommended dosage from Serum Institute India website
While, my primary doses and boosters were in order, I had not received a booster in the 10 years before I got pregnant. Therefore I was given one shot at 6 months. If you have received booster shots in the last 10 years before you got pregnant and had received all 7 doses of tetanus before you turned 16, it is unlikely to be administered to you. DOSAGE
The full basic course of immunisation against tetanus toxoid consists of three primary doses of 0.5ml at least four weeks apart, followed by booster doses at 18 months, 5 years, 10 years and 16 years and then every 10 years.
And yes it has Thiomersal as the preservative and mercury is a known toxin. In your place I would check with my parents to see if my boosters were in order. If it was not I will present the information before the doctor and ask her for her/his advice. If your shots are all up to date and if you think you have not sustained an injury in a public place within the last six months, then you may in the clear and the vaccine is not needed. Your OB then is doing the right thing. Hope this helps.
Last edited by tikka; 29th October 2009 at 02:24 PM.
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