Hi! We have been fighting pertussis in our household. Our two year old has tested positive (we wanted to know for sure so we could treat the entire family before the twins arrive.) We have 7 children and I'm pregnant with twins. Our first two children (ages 12 and 9) were up to date except for their boosters, and our third had partial immunizations. We discontinued all immunizations after our 2nd & 3rd child had reactions including:
Measles from the MMR
Loss of speech
Loss of eye contact
Regressed potty training that wasn't resolved until almost 5 years
2 out of 3 contracting Pertussis (not test confirmed) while up to date on DTaP
Sick in general all the time
Children 4 through 7 have have no immunizations and we sign a religious waiver for all the children every year so they can attend public school. The doctor we had at the time told us these were not reactions and would not report them, or even give us the batch number so we could report them. I was very aggravated and switched doctors based on this and have been with our current doctor since that time (about 7-8 years.) Besides the reactions they have had, we didn't realize what all was in the immunizations until around that time we started investigating and being concerned about all the reactions. That's when we took the time to educate ourselves on what is in the vaccines and came to the conclusion that we do not religiously agree.
My questions is: I just got a got from my local health department. She was very kind and said that anytime there is a confirmed case they like to know when the symptoms were, where we think they got it, who lives in the household, if they are immunized, etc. She said they do it so the CDC can keep track of the information. She acted like it was a standard call. Do I have any reason to worry?
I told her we discontinued because of their reactions which weren't reported and religious objections. She asked what religion we are and I told her we attend a Church of Christ in Union. We've been going there for 6 years and previously attended a Baptist Church for 10 years prior to that. I didn't know you had to be a certain religion to not believe in vaccines.......
Is this standard?
(We are in the middle of selling our house, I've had some pregnancy bleeding recently, we think all the kids have pertussis, and many other stressful things going on. I really don't need anymore stress during this pregnancy right now ......any info would be helpful and appreciated.)