Originally Posted by Marnica
This is so incredibly scary to me. We now HAVE to know more about these diseases than doctors do. Our child's life may depend on it. This is why I feel that making the choice not to vax is a huge responsibility. We as parents need to be educated about what these diseases are and how to recognize them. Although I think most parents that have made the choice not to vax have already educated themselves about the diseases and have a fairly healthy grasp of the risks. It may be the part about recognizing them and treating them that people need to step it up a little.
When dd had a suspected case of mumps, her pediatrician (somewhere around 60 years old), told me it was the first case he had seen in over 30 years. They then called in two other younger peds and nurse practitioners, because they had never seen mumps. They were all staring at dd like she belonged in a freakshow circus. Then they sent us home and told me not to have her around other kids from 10 days from the first onset of symptoms... no one was worried one bit, even though they had all tried to scare the bejeezers out of me beforehand when I could still vax.
For the OP:
A few months ago we took dd to the ER because she fell and needed stitches. I was fully armed with all of my comebacks, prepared for the absolute worst about vaxing, especially for tetanus. Here was my conversation when we checked in:
Nurse: Is dd up to date on vaxes?
Nurse: Is that by choice?
Nurse: Has she been around anyone with measles, chicken pox, or any other communicable disease that you are aware of?
Nurse: Moved on to other questions.
I couldn't believe that tetanus was never even brought up. So much for all that fear they put into people all those other hospitals and at the pediatrician. The one we went to seemed perfectly aware that a gaping wound that was about to be thoroughly cleaned out was at zero risk for tetanus. I was so pleasantly surprised!
But, I have to admit, I am not the type of parent that would bring dd to the ER (or usually even the doctor) over a fever or symptoms of an ear infection, so I don't know what they would do or how I would respond in the exact situations you are asking about.