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I was curious where I could find information on immunity in adults. Specifically, how long does immunity from vaccines last in adults? I was vaccinated as a child for polio for example, but does that mean I'm still immune? I'm not planning on vaxing my DD and when some people hear this they usually bring up the risks of her catching diseases. But if she is susceptible then aren't I if I no longer have immunity. Couldn't I catch measles, or whooping cough if I haven't had booster shots? Couldn't these people who criticize me? What do I tell them? How well "protected" are most adults? If there is such a risk of new outbreaks because of non-vaxing families then isn't the whole population at risk? Shouldn't the government be pushing for adults to get boosters and not just pushing for children to get vaccinated if vaccines are for the good of the whole society?? I hope my questions make sense.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How well "protected" are most adults? If there is such a risk of new outbreaks because of non-vaxing families then isn't the whole population at risk? Shouldn't the government be pushing for adults to get boosters and not just pushing for children to get vaccinated if vaccines are for the good of the whole society?? I hope my questions make sense.</div>
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Yep, this is my BIG beef. All of these people who criticize me and my choice to not vax my kids. They claim that "we" are taking advantage of the herd immunity concept. Well, then, what about all those adults out there who have never had boosters to "maintain" their immunity????<br><br>
If boosters (or any vaxes for that matter) were really necessary to prevent a mass outbreak of any number of diseases then why do we not currently have a pandemic???<br><br>
Most (no, really nearly EVERY) adult I know hasn't had a vax or booster since childhood.<br><br>
So, I do NOT believe in the 'herd immunity' concept or like you said, there would be plenty of diseased adults out there!<br><br>
Just another arguement in support of not vaxing at all.
 

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are there any statistics anywhere that show how long these vaccines last? I assume it will vary depending on the vaccine. I want these figures so I can let these people know they aren't anymore protected than my DD. Then maybe they'll get off my back!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Here's my assumption:<br><br>
THEY don't know. And even if THEY did, THEY won't tell us.<br><br>
Now, THEY are trying to have adults boosteered for TDaP. Which is like the DTaP with less aP. (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) So, THEY say this is to protect the little ones.<br><br>
Plus, when my ds1 was born, My titer (supposedly) said that I had lost my immunity to MMR (I don't know which one) I had the vax. Then with ds2 (3 yrs later) Still no immunity. Hmmmm, NO THANKS to it.<br><br>
I also am beginning to think that the MMR (3 yrs ago) le dto my joint pain. I'd rather had caught all those diseases than suffer my joint pain/stiffness.
 

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It's unknown. Some I expect probably last pretty well (when they work) I would think this would include measles, mumps and rubella. Problem is they probably don't work as well as we think.<br><br>
Others wear off very quickly- like pertussis.<br><br>
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You certainly do make sense. Start reading in the archives. Most of the diseases have been covered.<br><br>
Each disease and each vaccine is different. You can't really lump them together. Some vaccines attack virus and some bacteria and some toxins (they want to build tolerance).<br><br>
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Thank You!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have wondered this too. Since we stopped vaccinating, the plan had always been to have my mom stay with my son since she'd naturally be immune to all the childhood illnesses because she had them. I didn't even consider myself until recently. I found out I wasn't immune to rubella when I got pregnant to my son. I am not sure if they gave me just rubella or an MMR when I was in the hospital after he was born. They didn't even ask me if I wasn't it, nurse just walked up and did it!<br><br>
I'd hate if my mom was home looking after both of us, although I've at least had mumps and chicken pox.<br><br>
Edited to add, I pity all the children who get the chicken pox vaccine whose immunity wears off when they're older. It is so much worse in an adult. I knew someone who had it at around 21 and his back was scared like he'd had small pox not chicken pox!
 

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I always asusumed thta other than tetanbus I'd be immune to all that stuff for life. But, I didn't get all my vaxes. Gernally, i dodn't worry, altho maybe I should. I did have chicken pox.<br><br>
I was worried sick the whole time I was pregnant about rubella, as I don't know if i"ve had it or not. I always planned to find out before I gotpregnant, but since my pregnancy wans't planned, i didn't.<br><br>
Luckily, I wasn't exposed or didn't catch it if I was. I really need to find out before I have another child, altho that isn't likely...<br><br>
My plan for my daughter had ben to get her her rubella, Hep B, CP whatever ya don't want to get as an adult, (or in the case of Hep B just don't want to get) aoruynd 14-15. Gardasil will likely be up to her. I certianly won't force her to get it. Actually, i wouldn't force any of them. with the possible exeption of Hep B if I think she's likely to get somethign pierced or tatooed in someone's basement.<br><br>
This thread is making me wonder if I should look into me getting some shots now though.
 

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If you haven't caught it by now, the chances of your being exposed to it (and catching it) during the small window of pregnancy is almost nil.<br><br>
The point is not that you need to immediately run out and be vaccinated, the point is that with all these un/under-vaxxed adults running around (and all the fear-mongering going on with our children) why aren't all these diseases running rampant??
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always asusumed thta other than tetanbus I'd be immune to all that stuff for life. But, I didn't get all my vaxes. Gernally, i dodn't worry, altho maybe I should. I did have chicken pox.<br><br>
I was worried sick the whole time I was pregnant about rubella, as I don't know if i"ve had it or not. I always planned to find out before I gotpregnant, but since my pregnancy wans't planned, i didn't.<br><br>
Luckily, I wasn't exposed or didn't catch it if I was. I really need to find out before I have another child, altho that isn't likely...<br><br>
My plan for my daughter had ben to get her her rubella, Hep B, CP whatever ya don't want to get as an adult, (or in the case of Hep B just don't want to get) aoruynd 14-15. Gardasil will likely be up to her. I certianly won't force her to get it. Actually, i wouldn't force any of them. with the possible exeption of Hep B if I think she's likely to get somethign pierced or tatooed in someone's basement.<br><br>
This thread is making me wonder if I should look into me getting some shots now though.</div>
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I just wanted to say that you could have a titer for rubella checked while pregnant. I had that done(routinely) with my first pregnancy.<br><br>
Good thread, a good friend of mine just got mumps(which of course he was shocked by since he's had 3 MMR's, even a couple as an adult since he travelled and lived overseas!
 
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