I have a healthy baby girl who was born 11/10/11, vaginally and with no complications. My labor and delivery were done drug-free at a birth center.
She had no shots/eye ointment/etc at birth.
I want to delay vaccinating, and possibly avoid it altogether, but at baby's 2-week pediatrician appt today the doctor talked at length about the number of pertussis cases she's seen in the last few years. I want to emphasize that the doctor in no way was pushy or weird about my hesitation to vaccinate, but wanted to make sure we knew her experience. And it sounds like we live in an area where pertussis rates are especially high. She also discussed the pneumococcal vaccine and HiB.
Long story short, she urged us to consider the pertussis, pneumococal, and HiB vaccines. All from her personal experience re: the rates of particular diseases in our area.
I feel so confused about this issue. I feel like I have no idea how to make this decision. DH is comfortable with letting me do the research and having the final say... but I feel so totally lost. I just don't know what carries more risks.