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#1 of 17 Old 03-18-2006, 06:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello! I have 2 non-vaxed kiddo's. I am going to nursing school and in the fall I will be starting clinicals, which means I will be exposed to different things. I am concerned about bringing any type of illness home to the kids. I will shower immediately upon getting home from school and be sure to take appropriate precautions during the day (hand-washing, etc.). I just wanted to know if there are any other parents in similar situations and what they've done. Does anyone have a supplement/vitamin reccomendation or any other ideas to help keep the family well other than vaccinating? Thanks in advance.
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My dh is a doc. He practices both in a very busy ER and in a lab. Other than taking precautions at work (gloves/masks/washing hands/etc) and washing hands at home we don't do anything special. We are a delay/selective vax family, btw. HTH!

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Took precautions at work, left shoes at door (we do that anyway), took off scrub top upon arriving at the door. Left pens, etc at work. If I had a knee high child who might wrap around my leg, I guess I might have taken off my pants, too? I really didn't worry about it too much. And a knee high child would still be nursing so she'd be protected a bit that way too. Don't forget to keep your hands moisturized with all that washing!
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I'm a second year BScN student with a three year old daughter (single mama) and I mostly do just what the others have mentioned. I change my scrubs at the hospital, change shoes, I have a different watch I wear when at clinical - because god only knows what kind of germs it harbours.

Best of luck to you! I hope you enjoy it.

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OK, so I'll ask here! Do all you of you have the HepB series?
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I just read your other thread and I'm sorry you are going thru that. I really am.

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Thanks for the "decontamination" tips! (I'm considering entering an RN program next year.) I hadn't considered the watch!
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Exactly what are you worried about you might bringing home to your child from the hospital?
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paralytic ileus
ETA: secondary to having medical enlightenment stuffed down your throat.
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paralytic ileus
ETA: secondary to having medical enlightenment stuffed down your throat.
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ETA: What are the chances?

BTW - The condition is managed by inserting a naso-gastric tube and aspirating the stomach contents.
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Gitti, I replied to your post on this in the health and healing board.
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opps dbl post

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I am starting a BSN program in the fall and have some concerns as well.

I am not sure about the Hep B series, I've done *a lot* of reading about it and am unsure right now about that one (I guess I am not convinved either way). My sister contracted HepB as a child (no not HepA) and it was no joke and she is a carrier now of it. Tetnus and flu vax I will decline. MMR I'm not sure about--I may or may not. But the though of even the slightest chance of contracting HepB worries the heck out of me, HepC as well.

Of course I will strictly follow universal precautions but I've know more than one person who has had a needle stick or a patient attack them (and draw blood), get blood splashed in their eyes, etc I just want to do what I can to protect myself and HepB is far more transferable than HIV

Sometimes I just wish I had never come across this vax forum because then I would be blissfully ignorant...lol

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Sometimes I just wish I had never come across this vax forum because then I would be blissfully ignorant...lol
I agree! I wish there were things I would have never uncovered. And not just about vaccines.
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I usually don't worry much about it at all. Unless I have had an unusually dirty night. Then I strip down in the garage before I come in the house and go straight to the shower. I will usually take off my scrub top before touching anyone in the house though.

As for the hepb I didn't get it. I don't worry about it.

Dtap: a few months ago I was exposed to a child with pertussis, of course I didn't know this until several days later. I was in this kids face while she was coughing with no mask or gloves (one of the very few times I don't wear gloves for whatever reason). I was offered the vax and a round of antibiotics but declined both. I didn't get sick and neither did anyone in my house. I have been through several flu seasons without ever getting sick even when working with these patients before they are put into isolation.

Good luck
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I declined the Hep B vaxes also--
many people I know that have gotten the vaccine had side effects from it .

I would wash my hands & take my clothes off --long term breastfeeder--not a problem in 17 years.

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