Originally Posted by annawest
The DTaP is normally given as a series, but I think a single dose is usually pretty effective in terms of the diptheria and tetanus protection, especially in an older baby/toddler. The tetanus is really what we're after. As for pertussis, I thought it was effective until very recently -- our decision was based in part on wanting that protection for the baby, but now I'm seeing that it doesn't stop transmission. But I made the appointment before I knew that, and I still want the tetanus, so . . . I don't know. I am on the fence, truly. Our son plays in dirt and mud all the time. It makes me nervous every time he gets a cut (which is every day), and I'd just feel good knowing he had the protection. I know there are very few cases among kids in the US, but from what I remember reading about it, almost all of those cases are among unvaccinated kids. So what is the proportion of unvaccinated kids who get tetanus? That is what I would like to know.
The thing is, a single shot at age 2 is not going to hurt him, right? That's sort of my logic. I might prevent a disease, and since it's just one shot, he should be fine, so why not? But I can't relax about it nor make myself feel comfortable with it.
I am wondering where you read from that tetanus cases were in unvaccinated children. Just seems like fearmongering to me, since like the PP said, heroin users using dirty needles or horse manure can harbor the tetanus toxin.. do you have horse manure in your yard or suspect it to be contaminating your soil?
And imo, you will not be able to find out the true number of unvaxed kids who had tetanus, because there are no stats to my knowledge (from a pharma site to endorse it)..
Tetanus enters the bloodstream due to a wound not being properly cleaned and treated. even if there are spores in the wound, if it is washed out immediatly, and in some cases, TiG administered, contracting tetanus was not an issue.
Another factor to consider before vaxing is allergies. Does he have any? Some allergies are made 100fold worse due to the vax, and others can pop up. And no vccine is 100% effective.