My DP and I have been having a somewhat heated discussion since our little girl was born, about vaccinations.
Where I live, whooping cough is rampant.
In fact, DP's best friend has been exposed to it so he has not even met our bub yet.
DP is extremely anti-vax. He won't even consider it. I am in two minds myself...I know there are/can be some side effects to vaccination, but when whooping cough is prolific I think it's the lesser of two evils (so to speak).
For those that do not vax, would you vaccinate if you knew that you may come in contact with someone with whooping cough?
I really don't want to start a whole debate...I am just looking for the opinion of those who do not vax because I want to better understand where my DP is coming from I suppose.
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03-06-2012 10:13 #1
Anti-Vaxxers...would you vaccinate in this situation?
03-06-2012 10:22 #2
If I lived in a WC hotspot yes I would.
03-06-2012 10:32 #3Senior Member
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i am delay vaxxing, the one i did do asap was whooping cough because there is a current risk.
i feel it is about balance and good information.
discuss his reasons...and see if you can come to a good choice between you.
03-06-2012 10:39 #4
03-06-2012 10:39 #5Senior Member
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it depends why people are non vaxxers (or delayed or selective vaxxers).
if you don't think vaccines provide immunity, then you wouldn't do it
if you think a vaccine has the potential to cause specific side effects, then you might balance up the risks.
if you think vaccines damage a child's immune system, making them more susceptible to infections then you probably wouldn't.
if you think the vaccine doesn't cover all the strains of WC and has potential for risk then you have to balance the potential risks to potential benefits.
in order to understand, you need to find out why your partner doesn't like vaccines or vaccinating.
03-06-2012 15:09 #6
Missie Mack, I am not planning on her having contact with anyone with whooping cough (hence why DP's best mate us staying away) but since it is so prevalent in the community she may be exposed unknowingly.
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03-06-2012 15:47 #7Senior Member
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I am not trying to start a heated debate but as a health professional every day I see both sides. I see the children who present to ED with side effects of vaccinations and I also see the children vaccinated and non vaccinated who present with an illness such as whooping cough, measles, chicken pox etc. if you and your DH are going to make an informed decision not to vaccinate please ensure you have both thoroughly and medically assessed each vaccine individually on its own merits. Eg- polio has been eradicated in Australia since the last 70's so the risk of your child contracting polio without leaving Australia is minimal (there have been 2 cases in Aus in recent years both in immigrants). However whopping cough is at epidemic proportions but vaccination only provides 80% coverage and as with all vaccines there are side effects. I understand the vax vs non vax debates get very heated and honestly what you do with your child is your choice however please make sure you both have accurate health data and information on the prevalence of the illness, the risks of the vaccine, and the coverage the vaccine provides for every vaccine you are going to give/refuse. It's too late to change your mind once your child has contracted a serious strain of a preventable disease to say oh I wish I knew.
29-06-2012 13:28 #8Junior Member
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If only it did give 80% coverage, I would do it in a heartbeat. More recent research has indicated that 84% of whooping cough cases are caused by a strain which is not covered in the vaccination. Previously this strain only caused 31% of cases. https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/he...whooping-cough. Just food for thought, vaccination may give people a false sense of security.
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