Note...if you read the facebook comments on this, most of the posters have decried this as "anti-vax propaganda," and have accused the researchers (all in Immunisation Research & Surveillance and Public Health) as "anti-vax" supporters. Just goes to show, you cannot write an article critical of vaccination policy in this country without the public (and often the media) accusing you of having an "anti-vax" viewpoint. Even if you work in Public Health and Immunisation Research I suppose.While there’s no evidence that No Vax, No Visit will offer any additional protection for the newborn, there is evidence that social isolation can lead to postnatal depression. This is particularly important when we consider one in seven new mothers in Australia experiences postnatal depression.
Support for new parents is most needed during the newborn’s first few weeks of life. If new parents don’t have any visitors and are too scared to go out into the world with their newborn, what effect will this have on the family’s wellbeing?
So, what else can parents do to protect their newborn before the six-week vaccination if mum was vaccinated during pregnancy, and dad, siblings and grandparents are all up to date with their vaccines? Ask visitors to postpone their visit if they are sick, and hand-washing before cuddles is essential.
With all this in place, there’s little or no extra benefit from No Vax, No Visit.