Hi so here in our small town there has now been 2 cases of measles and so they are advising all babies who are over 9 months to come and get the vaccine early (just MMR) and so DH has rang and we take bub in tomorrow afternoon, is this the right thing to do. I suffered postnatal depression and anxiety after he was born and feared even the smallest cold would make him stop breathing so I am having a mild panic attack over him having a horrible reaction to the needle but on the flip side it would be horrifying if he came down with measles. So I am asking all you pro vac bubhub parents what should I do? I should also add he is a big baby about the size of a 1 yr old don't know if that will make it better.
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20-05-2013 16:10 #1
20-05-2013 16:14 #2Senior Member
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Get him vaxed..
20-05-2013 16:17 #3
I would trust your Drs.. They obviously feel any risk associated with giving the vaccine earlier is far outweighed by the real risk of a baby that age contracting the virus. And given that there have been two identified cases in your small town the risk to your bub is real. Breathe easy your Drs would tell you if there was any problems or concerns with giving your bub the vaccine early. It's just like they now give the whooping cough vaccine to bubs at 6 weeks where as when I had my first it was not a day before two months.
You're a good mum making the best choice for your bub it's just unfortunate that there have been these cases.
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20-05-2013 16:31 #4
I'd definitely get it done..
20-05-2013 16:45 #5Senior Member
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My understanding is that the reason we stipulate 12mths here is because up to that age it used to be thought that the child was still protected by the mother's immunity - and it is thought that THAT immunity could make the vaccine less effective.
However, if there is a risk (as in your case) from local outbreaks, then it's safer to do the vaccine earlier when it may not be QUITE as effective as it would be 3mths later, rather than having no cover from vaccination at all.
More recent studies have shown that immunity from the mum only lasts up to 4mths max (not 12), so the advice to wait until babies are 12mths old may be outdated anyway.
Beyond that, I don't know enough about the efficacy of doing the MMR at different times, and what difference that makes. However, I would be inclined to trust the advice being given, as the risk of a complication from the MMR is far smaller (and less dangerous) than the risk of a complication from contracting measles, mumps, or rubella.
20-05-2013 16:49 #6Senior Member
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Yup, I'd do it without a second thought, you are farrr more likely to suffer complications from measles than an adverse reaction from the vaccine.
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20-05-2013 16:52 #7
As GirlX says, the risk from the disease is greater than the risk of the vaccine. I would not hesitate to get him done. If it's any consolation I am one of the most pro vaccine people you could meet, and I still feel nervous before any of my kids get a vaccine. And not one reaction yet
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20-05-2013 16:54 #8
I'd absolutely do it. The risk of an adverse reaction to the vaccine is far lower than the risk of catching measles in an outbreak. Most likely bub will be a bit grizzly, maybe have a sore arm. Much, much more manageable than measles.
20-05-2013 17:01 #9
Thanks everyone, I am usually extremely pro vax but had a mild panic attack about this. I did some googling and Drs have been known to give the MMR vaccine to children as young as 6 months if they are travelling overseas known high risk countries
20-05-2013 17:02 #10
I would definitely do it.
Measles is such a terrible childhood illness, any risk of adverse reaction from the actual immunisation is incredibly tiny. Risk of adverse complications due to measles is very common and can be quite devastating.
If you are still concerned, there is an Immunisation info line run by the Federal Government, and similar lines set up within each state. I would however be trusting the information provided by my GP.
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