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Originally Posted by yequanamama
I think there's a basic understanding that a mother can't pass "immunity" from a vaccine on to her children - only naturally acquired immunity. I'm not sure about the references here, but Aviva Jill Romm's book ("Vaccination, A Thoughful Paren't Guide") and Neustadter's Book ("The Vaccine Guide") discuss this fact, specifically as it relates to shifts in the epidemiology of diseases - more babies getting diseases they used to have passive immunity to because their mothers passed on antibodies, but don't anymore because they only had the vaccine.
Originally Posted by kavamamakava
I have seen this discussed here already but I can't, for the life of me, find the thread(s). I'm looking for references as well.
I remember reading that if natural immunities are developed, they are passed through the placenta but immunities developed from the flu shot are not passed through the placenta. I read this about rubella as well and can't seem to find the info on that either.
I'm just really bad at searching tonight. heh.
Can someone help?
Originally Posted by Gitti
Ok, your question is does a pregnant woman pass flu shot immunities to the fetus?
First we would have to know for a fact whether or not the flu vaccine creates immunity. And we do not know that, nor will any doctor say for sure that the flu vaccine will prevent the flu in the vaccinated.
But what will pass to the unborn child withouth a doubt is the mercury, antibiotics and other additional ingredients in the shot.
Originally Posted by annalily
I asked Randall Neustaedter this very question for someone last year and he said, "The answer to your question is no.
And beware, antibody formation subsequent to vaccines is not an adequate way to verify immunity."