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#1 of 2 Old 08-20-2009, 11:44 PM - Thread Starter
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Now I'm just considering giving my daughter dtap tomorrow. I would really like to wait it out, but she will more then likely be going to daycare in about another month and I'll probably be giving her formula part time. There have been a few cases of whooping cough in my county. Do you think I could hold off on it or is it pretty important that she gets it? I dont know what scares me more, the side affects or the disease :-(
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It will all come down to how you see the risks and benefits. I can share our thoughts:

The vaccine is not perfect. These are some of the things we considered (concerning pertussis):

-the vaccine prevents or lessens symptoms in many cases--when it fails to prevent pertussis, it has been shown to lessen symptoms and severity

-there are three brands available in the USA, each has a different amount of aluminum and other ingredients people consider problematic

-it is questionable whether or not it can prevent transmission- there is conflicting evidence on both sides though I tend to see it as not preventing very much transmission these days

-pertussis can have serious side effects post 6 mnths such as cracked ribs and pneumonia as well as being a prolonged illness, which has its own possible effects on a child's well being

-immunity fades-- natural pertussis infection and the vaccine both do not last, although natural infection immunity lasts a bit longer than the vaccine

- The T portion has been shown to be effective.

-T is rare in children but it is more common in unvaccinated kids:


We wanted D for travel to endemic areas but it may not be a concern for those not doing travel like that.

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