I am stealing a leaf from jenny's page and hoping to hold a civil discussion on pertussis.
I am not pregnant or planning to become pregnant, nor do I live in an area that seems to have high pertussis outbreaks…and boy I am glad!!! This must be one of the most complicated and difficult decisions a non-vaxxing mommy has to face, as pertussis is dangerous in newborns.
So, let's try to unravel this ball of yarn.
2 questions, and a bunch of points (some of which I may try to fill in later)
1. What would you do about pertussis if you were pregnant in a high-risk area?
2. if you were queen for a moment, what would you do differently with regards to the vaccine program to protect babies from pertussis?
- is pertussis really higher, where, and why? Is it being diagnosed more?
- How can we protect babies without vaccines?
- do you think the vaccine program should return to a more effective vaccine, but one with more complications (whole cell). I think I know the answer, but am asking anyways. More boosters? What? Do non-vaxxers even get a say?
- I remember reading that the current way we vaccinate for pertussis is placing the burden for the disease on infants, who are the least equipped to deal with it. anyone have any thoughts or links?