After getting the wrong vaccination, I freaked out a little. I didn't make a fuss with my doctor, though. When I freak out it often means that I can't help but talk to everyone and anyone about my problem to see if they might have the solution. I admit I can be kind of annoying.
So naturally, I spent weeks talking to every expert I know (as well as my co-workers, my parents, my husband, and anyone else who could possibly advise me). Do I risk the severe reaction to another tetanus shot? Or do I just figure that the chances of getting whooping cough are really low, and that it's unlikely I'd get it while pregnant (which would seriously stink... although it wouldn't harm the fetus)? I COULD just get the shot right after delivery, which could happen anywhere from a year to two years out, assuming I get pregnant within a year of trying (fingers crossed). Would that be a better bet?
I chose to get the shot a month later (after a lot of stressing) when I went in for my second and final dose of the chicken pox vaccine. I just knew I'd feel better if I got this taken care of sooner rather than later, and I had found out that the chances of having a severe reaction to the shot were slim. My doctor agreed with my decision.
And guess what? I was just fine. No reaction. No drama. And now I'm happy to say that I'm immune to both chicken pox and whooping cough. Whew.
Oh, and if you're looking to get up to date on your vaccinations pre-baby (specifically, the whooping cough vaccine), here's a tip: The brand name of the Tdap shot is Adacel, so tell the doctor or nurse you want that. It may help them locate the vaccine, just in case they don't know what you're talking about with the Tdap vaccine.