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Hi Everyone,<br><br>
My DD is 4and half mnths, and since I am still hesitating about the vax, at the moment I just decided to delay....BUT on Thanksgiving we will fly / 2-3 hrs / also plan to visit many friends, having a big family gathering and taking the subway...I am a bit worried about all these, as she has not been vaxed at all..<br>
Is there anything I can do as a "prevention" .....<br><br>
Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you
 

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No, you shouldn't be worried.<br><br>
A few things to remember:<br><br>
*She's too young to be considered fully vaccinated<br>
*She cannot be vaccinated for varicella, MMR, Hep A and meningitis; it would take an act of God for her to get tetanus<br>
*Hep B is HIGHLY unlikely<br>
*YOU weren't vaccinated for Hib, pneumococcal (Prevnar), Hep B, Hep A, meningitis, varicella and rotavirus<br><br><br>
The only VPD I would be worried about is pertussis. In that case, just do what you would normally do: don't let anyone who's obviously sick, coughing, etc. get too close to the baby.<br><br>
You should also buy a few pairs of those infant hand mitts - the ones they have to keep newborns from scratching their face. That should at least keep everyone's hands out of the baby's hands.
 

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ITA w/ LI...and she wouldn't have had the full pertussis series anyway.<br><br>
ETA: We left the country with DD when she was 4 months and never even gave it a thought.
 

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nothing special needs to be done...do what you would do at any time to boost your immune system.<br><br>
-eat well<br>
-stay hydrated (mommy drinks lots of water, baby drinks lots of bm)<br>
-get adequate sleep<br>
-take vit c (preferably sodium ascorbate)<br>
-wash hands often and ask people to wash hands before handling baby<br>
-if someone is obviously sick, ask them to please stay away<br><br>
we traveled to nyc and took the subway when (unvaxed) dd was 7 months. we also traveled internationally to japan that month. no worries and no problems. if anything, i was MORE confident because her immune system was intact.<br><br>
hope you have a great trip!
 

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Ditto the above - also don't eat sugar... much, anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
We also travel extensively (like to europe and asia) with vax-free DS since his infancy with nary a glitch. And I mean, he crawled on the floor of the plane and everything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> Eeeeww!<br><br>
Wear DD in a sling or wrap on the plane or around busybody family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> I found that all the fabric keeps everyone out of the baby's business. Folks are usually eager to invade a child's personal space, but not mama's chest. That helped me a bunch.<br><br>
Nurse a lot. If DD gets exposed to anything gross, her contact with you will cause your milk to make antibodies for her. She will be well protected if you are nursing. In my case I had to pump exclusively, but as long as DS and I were both exposed, I'm sure my milk had all he needed.<br><br><br>
Enjoy your baby, the holdiays, and family... No need to worry! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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