Everyone agrees (I am sure!) that pertussis in an infant is not a good thing. They have a high mortality rate from it.
The current way we combat pertussis is to hit people hard with a somewhat ineffective vaccine. The current plan starts with shots in utero and is followed by a fairly large number of shots spread out throughout your lifetime (with 4 shots by 18 months). Ugh and sigh.
I have been thinking lately that if I were planning another baby, I would prefer to actually get pertussis while not pregnant, and pass along immunity to my newborn through birth and breastfeeding.
Pertussis does not seem like a walk in the park - but it also does not seem horrendous or typically dangerous in older children and adults. A few links:
Speaking for myself, I would rather have had pertussis as an older child or adult and then be able to pass on the immunity to pertussis through birth and breastmilk.
I also read somewhere that pertussis used to be a disease of childhood (but not typically infancy) and that vaccination has morphed this disease into a disease that affects more infants, which is obviously not good. Has anyone read anything like that or have any links?
So, this is my long winded way of asking, if you had the choice - would you:
Assume the risks of pertussis yourself, and then pass on some immunity to your baby through birth and breastfeeding?
Not assume the risks of pertussis to yourself, and try to use vaccination to keep pertussis at bay in infants...
other? (please explain)