Thinking ahead to prime cold & flu season when our babes are due, and seeing the numbers of pertussis in our area growing, it has me wondering - how the heck to we protect our babies?
I continually read conflicting info that the vaccine DOES NOT prevent transmission, so I could easily have what I think is a cold and pass it on to baby, so could anyone else who gets vaccinated.
DS has only had one vaccine for Pertussis and he had a very bad reaction (though it was combo shot, so not know which part) so I'm very hesitant to possibly harm him with a vax that may not protect baby anyway. He's 4 and will be in school part-time, so illnesses will be expected and it sounds like many vaxed kids are getting this anyway.
I have a stock of sodium ascorbate for treatment for us big people, but what about baby?
I ask b/c I know a family who's 6 week old had a suspected case of whooping cough (never bugged them to see if it was confirmed, since they were in and out of the hospital/dr many times) Baby survived, but I can't imagine what they went through.
Other than banning anyone with so much as a sniffle until baby is at least 6 months (and hoping DS misses out on some illnesses) does anyone else have thoughts on this?
I've researched until my eyeballs fall out and can't come to a conclusive decision either way. I think I may ask DH to get a booster, I'm not so keen on getting it - but I don't know what the right thing is to do. I know if I ask our flexible Ped, she will just suggest the vaccine for DS- so no help there, as it's kind of one sided.