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Old 10-30-2007, 04:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My mother-in-law watches my 10-month-old son Joshua a few days a week for a few hours but occasionally also watches my 2-year-old niece at the same time. My niece just recently started going to day care 1-2x a week when Grandma can't watch her, and DH brought up an interesting point.

Since I have Joshua on a selective vaxx schedule (he hasn't had the full Hepatitis B series or Prevnar), is he more at risk for diseases that my niece could be carrying? DH and I agree that just because she's fully vaxxed doesn't mean it's a shield to anything serious, but if my niece is carrying something, is Joshua more at risk for not being fully vaxxed? We're not worrying about the common cold, but something more serious like Prevnar for example or the flu. Her body might fight it off mostly because she's vaxxed, but Joshua hasn't been immunized... right?

I hope I'm making sense on this. Any insight on this would be appreciated!

Thanks!

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:32 PM
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Hmmm...Are you worried about vax'es shedding, or just natural viruses being passed around?

If it's about shedding vax'es, the only ones you need to worry about are Rotateq, Flumist, MMR, and chickenpox. They are the only live vax'es that could possibly pose a risk of infecting an unvax'ed child.

If you mean the bigger picture of illness...Sorry to be so blunt, but that's life. There are contagious illnesses being passed around every minute of every day and certainly an unvax'ed child could become infected with one of them. And likely at some point will become infected with something. So will many vax'ed children, for that matter. Germs, bacteria, and viruses are all around us. The best thing to do is practise good hygiene and focus on good nutrition. They are your best defenses againt illness.

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One of the theories behind not vaccinating, or not vaccinating on schedule, is that the vaccines given on the "recommended" schedule actually weaken the child's immune system. Many people believe that non- or partially-vaxxed children have stronger immune systems than those who are vaccinated. I'm in that boat, actually. When a child gets 8 diseases in one day at age 8 weeks, how is that supposed to strengthen the immune system? Many people insist that their children who are not vaxxed are healthier than the ones who are. I don't know. Jack's had several colds, but he's never had an ear infection or anything else.
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