My three year old daughter contracted RSV at 2 weeks old and it developed into Reactive Airway Disease (RAD) for her. Whenever she gets a respiratory infection it hits her very hard. This winter alone she had 5 bouts of bronchitis, one lasting 2.5 months. Asthma runs in both sides of her family and the pediatrician is concerned about her developing it, too.
Whooping cough is making the rounds in my part of the world, and now that my daughter is weaned I'm more worried for her. I really, really don't want her contracting pertussis, and I'm even considering vaccinating her for it. As a rule we do not vaccinate due to my husband's autoimmune disorder, Type I diabetes.
I would really like to just vaccinate for pertussis, and not get her the DTaP. Is that even possible? Today my ped told me that it's not, but I wanted to check here, first.
What would you do if you were me? I am very worried for my daughter's lung health, but I'm also worried about the repercussion of exciting her immune system in a non-natural way.
PS: My son really wants to post a face, so here it is: love