I would really appreciate some advice on a situation I am in right now.
We changed paeds this week to a very laid back Dr regarding vaccinating choices.
However, during the visit, he mentioned that my 3 year old (who was fully vaccinated till 13 months), is "due" the vaccine for pertussis, and that he would highly recommend giving it to him since there are some cases of whooping cough in our surrounding area at the moment.
He also wrote down the vaccines my 22 month old daughter is "due" (she was vaccinated until 4 months,after which I finally saw sense) but he stressed that he highly recommends the DTaP specifically (he didn't care about other 3-4 due).
Based on research I have done after hearing this from him, I would be confident in not giving either of them the vaccine.
However, I am worried as I am pregnant with our next baby due in July. I am unsure how worried I should be of the fact that my son goes to preschool and could come into contact with whooping cough and bring it home when the new baby is only a few weeks old.
As a side note, I know that I am immune to the infection that causes whooping cough, as my midwife tested me for it just over a month ago and I intend to exclusively breastfeed the new baby (as I did/do for my 2 other children), not sure if that has any relevance to this issue? but thought I would mention it incase any of those those antibodies are perhaps passed on?
Anyway, if some knowledgeable person could explain to me, whether the risk of my son not receiving the vaccine would effect the new baby any more severely than if he does received it, in any way. I would truly appreciate it.