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MMR: blood tests don't always show immunity, even if immunity exists. Natural immunity is definitely the best form of immunity. I think the only danger time for a pregnant woman to contract rubella is the first trimester. I know pregnant women do catch it, but odds of them catching it in that 8 week window seem pretty low. I'm not scared of measles any more than chicken pox.
|DR. Bob Answers by DR. Bob - posted on 6/22/2010
The only diseases that could be tough now or as they get older and that are common enough to consider a risk would be Cpox and Mumps (but you can't get Mumps vax by itself - has to be MMR). Also, Hep B and HPV if sexual activity is likely. And Meningococcal vaccine and tetanus. You can review those diseases and the vaccines in the book.
|Hep B -- The CDC recommends this since our children haven't had it yet, and Dr. Sears recommends it for teenagers, but this is an STD. It seems incredibly unlikely that my homeschooled 11 and 12 year olds (who aren't even *interested* in dating yet) would need this vaccine. Surely, if we decided to do this one, it could be delayed a bit longer?|
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