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    Default Asking friends/family to be immunised/avoid contact when baby arrives?

    Hi all, as I tend to do.. Was reading some pregnancy/birth/baby info and came across a whooping cough article/advice. When our little girl arrives it will have been 14 years since I have done all this pea anyone know whether family/friends who have contact with baby should be up to date with immunisations etc? Esp whooping cough.
    If yes, how on earth do I go about requesting that of people?

    I'm just not up on al of he developments and I guess I almost feel like it's my first baby again. So much is different from when I had DS.

    I'm not sure what is fact and what is drama.... If that makes any sense.

    Thanks in advance

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    *since I have done all this.

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    @Amgine I asked all my family to have thier whooping cough booster - they were all more than ok with it. I might have sounded paranoid to them but I made it perfectly clear - no vaccination, no contact until bub can have their immunisations (6 months at least) They need to have it at least 2 weeks before bub is born to be effective. That is the only vax I asked for. With the stats and ressurgence I think it is perfectly reasonable.

    I had my baby catch measles before she could be immunised and we spent over a week in hospital so I don't really care if people are offended by my request - they either do it, or don't see us, its up to them. A baby can't protect itself, we as parents need to be the ones to put their welfare first. Luckily my family can see that and totally agree so we had no issues.

    It can be hard to be assertive sometimes with things like that - you get the "oh how unlikely" or "Im not sick" comments.... as well as the "well you take x to the shops". Difference being anyone having prolonged contact/cuddles who could pass something on, even before showing symptoms should be vax'd. Could you imagine the guilt?

    Anyway, I digress - I am the sort of person though that has no issues telling random people in the shops not to touch my baby, and family forgives
    Last edited by KitiK; 11-02-2015 at 12:30.

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    Ps: most of my friends were having, or recently had babies at the time so had already had a WC booster just before thier births or before leaving hospital so were up to date

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    @KitK, thanks so much I was leaning that way, but just worried that I was reading the info incorrectly.

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    I asked my friends and family to get a booster. Anyone who didn't just wasn't allowed near dd until she had her first set of jabs.

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    I put an announcement on Facebook. I just said you must have your whooping cough vaccination prior to visiting. When she arrived I did soften the rule and people visited but didn't hold her.

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    We asked closed family to get whooping cough boosters/ensure their kids were up to date. So that was my parents, my sister & BIL, DP's mum & sister, DP's dad, his partner and their two kids. None of them took any issue with it except MIL, who made a little song and dance and then did it anyway. If any of them had declined to do so, we would have made it clear that they wouldn't be having much to do with bub while she was little.

    We didn't ask any friends, but none of them had much contact with our daughter anyway.

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    We will be asking for whooping cough and MMR to be done, 3 weeks prior to visiting. No vaccinations, no newborn time.

    I am updated, and DH is getting his in two weeks. The kids are vaccinated, and up to date.

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    We asked immediate family. My brother was a bit put out (he thought we were being a bit OTT) but whatever. We didn't bother with friends/extended family as most only did short visits and their physical contact with DD was fairly limited.

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