Originally Posted by Ophelia
I would not, because if they assume you have gotten a pertussis vax, they may not check for pertussis. If they assume you have gotten a menengitis vax, they would not likely check for menengitis, and so on. This just happened recently in another thread, it sounded like the doc was not going to check for some things if the child had been vaccinated.
We'd like to think, as moms, that doctors would check for illnesses, hmm? They see too many well children and trust vaccines too much to know the difference between the illnesses vaccines are supposed to prevent and whatever they'd like to think.
I have had experience with this, exactly, which was crazy-making. I took my sons, 5 and 3, into the doctor, with paroxysmal coughs with symptoms that looked just like whooping cough (pertussis) this spring, which is the season for pertussis. I told the doctor all about their symptoms, who looked them over, knew they were unvaccinated and didn't address my concerns about the pertussis.
A week later, my baby started having the same symptoms, and since I had done my research, I knew that there was a chance that if it was pertussis, a course of antibiotics at the beginning of symptoms could reduce the severity or duration of symptoms for him.
Of course, the doctor treated me like a mindless gnat/hysterical mother, and ignored me when I mentioned my concerns. Well, I asked for a culture to check for the illness anyway. Which he did, knowing full well (later we learned this in the hospital from the therapists who did my son's breathing treatments) that he needed to take the sputum sample with deeper suction, not just a swab. He was trying to pacify me. We went home without a prescription. My son ended up in the hospital with pneumonia as a complication
about two weeks after that visit, of what the doctor NOW BELIEVES
to be, pertussis. He decided to test him in the hospital, which was of course too late to get the proper results. This doctor completely discounted my ability to read and think and couldn't bring himself to listen to a mother who knows her children, and it cost us $30,000 and perhaps an illness my baby son could have avoided, the pneumonia. Which he kicked me out of his practice b/c he blamed me for not vaccinating my son.
Doctors simply think pertussis doesn't exist because there are vaccines. It doesn't matter whether your child is vaxed or not. Even if it's classic case of the illness, there is so much misdiagnosing, I am convinced of this from my experience.