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    Did you/would you ask grandparents (in laws) who are staying with you for a couple of weeks when bub is young (6 weeks) to get the whooping cough vacinnation/booster?

    How did you raise it with them considering the vacinnation is no longer free for family members?

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    I would yes, I've seen an adult with whooping cough and I couldn't imagine seeing a child suffer it, it's truly awful.

    I would just be perfectly frank with them, educate them and I would pay for it if they were short of funds.

    I feel that strongly about it that I wouldn't let them stay if they hadn't had it, others may disagree of course.

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    I agree with Mokeybear. So important for adults to have their boosters, especially around a young bub who is too young to be vaccinated.

    As for bringing it up, I would just be honest and tell them how you feel and how important it is to you. Explain how easily WC can be spread and tell them you would appreciate their cooperation.

    OT but how long until baby #2 arrives VP?!?

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    We asked all our parents and siblings to be vaccinated even though they weren't staying with us but would still be in contact with ds.

    My family didn't end up needing it because we all had it when one of my nieces was born and there was an outbreak in our area.

    Dh family, we were given a phamplet from hospital about it so gave that to his parents.

    But basically I was just blunt about it. Told them ds couldn't start being vaccinated against it until 6 weeks but wouldn't fully vaccinated (as much as any fully vaccinated person is) until 6 months and that if they came into contact with it they could pass it onto ds and he would likely die.

    They were all fine with it except my youngest bil. He doesn't like needles so he dragged his feet on it. Then in the end the dr wouldn't give it to him because she claimed he was still covered from the one at school at 15. I would have preferred him to have a booster but he wasn't going to have very much contact so I just let it go.

    If it came down to money and they were going to stay with us I would probably just pay for it.

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    Yes. It's not a big ask. We all go on all the time about unvaxxed children being a danger- unvaxxed adults are just as dangerous. There has been so much WC around in recent years, and babies have died from it when to young to be vaccinated- I'm sure we all remember Dana McCaffery. You could always refer them to her story if needed.

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    Yes, and I did with both DH's parents, my parents, my sister and a good friend of mine.

    We were living interstate from them and therefore when they came to meet the baby it was for an extended stay. I just told them (on the phone)
    how important it was that they get a booster/vax itself before they came and offered to pay for it. All of them obliged and wouldn't take any money. To be honest, the only one who was a bit 'miffed' about my request was my own sister which surprised me considering she is a Mum herself. thought my childless friend may have been a bit funny about me asking, but she was great and happily obliged.

    When it came time to actually asking, I asked my family and friend and DH asked his parents.
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    I just asked my family and my ILs to get it done as there'd been quite a few cases around recently and we didn't want people holding bubs who hasn't been vaccinated. They all understood!

    The booster was free for our family when they went (5 months ago). The dr said it's now free for grandparents? Dunno if that's everywhere though.

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    We asked everyone. Didn't really make a big deal out of it. Just brought it up in conversation. We knew that our baby had a heart defect and we would need to be extra vigilant but I would've asked them anyway. Nobody wants to see a baby suffer with whooping cough.

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    Yes, I would and I did. Although it was free when we had our bubs. I guess I'd raise the point, that at the end of the day it is protection for them - that even if they have had whooping cough or boosters before protection only lasts between 5-9 years - so really it is for their benefit as well. If they still don't want to get it done, tell them to watch jabbed with the footage of the week old baby with whooping cough.

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    Did you/would you ask grandparents (in laws) who are staying with you for a couple of weeks when bub is young (6 weeks) to get the whooping cough vacinnation/booster?

    How did you raise it with them considering the vacinnation is no longer free for family members?

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    Thanks ladies. I think I will get DH to raise it with his mother. And if they are short of funds offer to pay (however if they can afford an interstate trip, surely they can afford a vaccination).

    I wonder if anyone has had family members refuse to take the vaccination?


    Chippa: due at the end of the month..

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