I have never given my DD a single vaccine. She is 3 years old. She will be starting preschool on my due date for LO #2 in early September. It is a Waldorf school where I am sure there will be many other un-vaxxed kids. Also many of her toddler pals are also un-vaxxed, and she goes to many public places with tons of other kids like parks, children's museum, and gymnastics.
I would never be thinking about giving her a vaccine at this point except our state (WA) is going through a record pertussis outbreak. I have two adult friends who currently have it, as well as other friends who have older children with it. Supposedly it's a 7 fold increase of normal pertussis cases. It was even on national news this week.
I want to say I am not very worried about my DD getting it, as she is a toddler, and even if she gets it, I know it will most likely be just a nuisance for many months and she should get over it well. It is just the new baby coming in 4-5 months I am worried about, as I know that most serious adverse reactions and deaths come from newborns and young infants who contract pertussis. Since there is 1.) A current outbreak and 2.) She is starting preschool I am considering getting her vaxxed to protect the little one. I am NOT considering getting the newborn vaxxed, as I am very concerned about adverse reactions in infants. I think at 3 DD is not likely to have severe side effects from the vaccine, but if I am wrong, please tell me.
DH is also getting an adult booster.
I am not getting a booster because I am pregnant currently and I don't feel it is safe to get any vaccine while pregnant.
Anyway, my question is: Do you think it makes sense to get my toddler vaccinated to protect the baby? And, since she has never gotten any vaccines, what might a schedule of DTaP look like for a not previously vaxxed 3 year old? I don't want to ask the ped about this because I don't want to get into another vaccine talk with a doctor, and I am not totally sure I want to do this anyway. I am just researching now about my options.