I have a question, hoping someone can help. Is the vaccine safe for people with already compromised health / immune systems? If they get the vaccine is there a chance that they will actually get very sick themself? I've read that elderly people are already at a high risk, like babies, because they often haven't had the vaccines (or if they have, not for a very long time) and because they may already have weak systems. Help, advice? Please?
Can I ask - how do you know if someone has been vaccinated? Obviously you can't tell by looking at a person...can they get some kind of proof from wherever they get it done?
That sounds a bit silly, but I will be telling FOB that neither he, nor his family will be visiting until they've had the shot...but sadly, he doesn't take anything seriously and I've got no doubt he/they would lie to me about it
Surely they can just ask the gp for something - a signed affirmation to prove that they've had it?
I had my DD in the season of swine flu in 2009. pregnant women and babies were one of the highest risk groups and so many people had it.
I was unapologetic about keeping anyone sick away from me and asking outright about vaccinations and health. Everyone joked about me being a paranoid mother but I was happy for them to say what they wanted. I didn't get as much as a sniffle the entire pregnancy.
Before DD arrived I asked all her close relatives about their WC vaccinations, asked grandparents to get the free booster and I told everyone that unless they had been vaccinated they were not holding my DD until she was 6 weeks. I made an exception for one of my besties but enquired about their health leading up and on the day.
Now that DD has a great immune system, I'm fine. I'm not a germ freak, she goes to Kindy. It was just until I knew she was healthy and had some resistance to catching/fighting these things that I was vigilant. I figure that right now WC is a real risk. As parents, we need to do whatever we can (within reason) to protect our bubbas from that risk.
the elderly are encouraged to get the vaccine. It is considered more dangerous for them not to get it by most practitioners. The elderly are one of the groups that it is designed to protect - it is not just for the benefits of newborns. The govt website has info about contraindications for any vaccine and most of these are misunderstood, so it's worth checking it out.
I had my whole family done, better safe than sorry.
It is about 80% effective, so reduces your chances quite substantially of getting it, which is why it is recommended.
Last edited by Ulysses; 26-05-2012 at 07:25.
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