I really ned you mamas to help me get a grip. I have 2 kids 4.5yrs and 5.5 months. We will be flying to San Fransisco next week for my brother's wedding. I know pertussis is going around everywhere but I know its particularly bad where we are going. In fact I just got an email about 30 mins ago from the babysitter we had lined up to watch the kids while we were at the wedding. She cancelled because she just got diagnosed with pertussis!
Now Im very glad she cancelled and she will not be around my kids but I am having major anxiety about this trip. I know and feel 100% that not having them vaccinated with an ineffective, possibly dangerous vaccine is the right thing to do BUT pertussis scares the crap out of me. Of all the VPD's out there, this is the one that strikes fear in my heart, especially with an infant. I know about SA. Im dosing them both up now (DS has a cold anyway) and will bring it with us. I do all kinds of things to keep their immune system strong, but I'm still just freaking out. I really wish sometimes that I didn't know what I know. I know there is only so much I can do about any of this and its not like we cant go. I guess I just need to hear from others (and you provax lurkers can keep quiet thanks) about how you'd feel and what you'd do. Most of the time Im quite confident and strong about my choices - but I have my moments and this is one of them!