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07-12-2012 14:43 #81
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07-12-2012 14:51 #83
What a great post DrMummy!!! Someone who really knows what they are talking about. Thanks for helping to contribute to people's understanding
07-12-2012 14:54 #84
My question to you is he had wc. He was ebf. How could he not be immune?
I am genuinely interested in this topic. I still do vaccinate my kids. I've seen whooping cough first hand and it is really scary watching your newborn baby turn violet after his coughing fits.
07-12-2012 14:58 #85
Also, when reading pro/anti vaccination info remember that we are a postvaccination generation in a very lucky country. We didn't grow up gasping for breath before vomitting with each whoop, watching our baby siblings dying from infantile infectious diseases, deafened by in utero rubella, left brain damaged from measles-induced meningitis, visiting young parents in their iron lungs following poliomyelitis, or losing our mothers at birth due to postnatal tetanus.
Having helped the forgotten polio patients go for their "walks" on their motorized beds to the sound of their complex breathing apparatus at Fairfield hospital, I am very aware of not jumping intentionally into the past.
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07-12-2012 15:03 #87
As for your daughter's teacher, I'm horrified, frankly, that someone who works with children would be so irresponsible not to be protected against something preventable.
07-12-2012 15:04 #88
I vaxxed DS1 and to schedule. DS2 however we delayed. He was meant to get them at 8 weeks like planned but he came down with RSV and was hospitalised and was quite sick. The Drs didn't want to do it until he was well enough which was weeks later.
He had all 3 doses of the rotavirus vaccines and yet he contracted rotavirus at 16ish months old and he was horribly sick and hospitalised again. I'd hate to see how much sicker he would have been had he not been vaccinated.
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07-12-2012 15:17 #89
Glad to help. This is such an important issue for everyone of us, regardless of our individual opinions on it. Continued, informed debate is critical.
Msbecb, I'm sorry to hear your LO had WC. I hope she recovered well. I had it as a teenager and I swore I would do everything possible to reduce the risk to my children. It is incredibly traumatic for all involved and I tore my abdominal muscles on my left side from the coughing. I was also vaccinated after I'd already given birth. Unfortunately, you will only pass protection to your baby's blood if you already had antibodies when pregnant. Although I made sure my rubella was up to date, I didn't even think of being vaccinated for whooping cough before becoming pregnant and I wasn't too keen on having it whilst pregnant (just a gut feeling, no science to back that feeling up). As it is a respiratory infection, breast milk won't help either. At least you kept well and were able to be there for your LO when she needed you. As bad as it was, it could have been a whole lot worse if you all had have acquired it.
07-12-2012 16:28 #90
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