Post # 1
At my most recent Dr appointment, I was told that the Whooping Cough vaccine that we received as children doesn’t last as long as they thought, and that because of that, there has been an outbreak in my area due to adults whose vaccine has worn off infecting babies too young to get the vaccine (younger than 8 weeks).
Because of this, they recommend that every adult that we plan to have in contact with the baby get a TDAP vaccination. I think it’s important, but I can’t figure out a good way to approach people and ask them to get the shot. I feel vaccinations are a personal decision and I can’t help but feel like I sound crazy asking people to get one in order to be around my baby.
I don’t think my parents and DH’s parents will have a problem getting it, but how wide to I cast that net? What about my siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends…etc. All of these people will probably see the baby at least a few times before it turns 8 weeks.
Has anyone else thought of this? What are your plans?
Post # 3
I don’t think there is any way to ask people to get a vaccine to protect your child. That’s pretty absurd. Unfortuantely, there are some things in life we cannot control and we can only do our best to protect ourselves with what we can do (e.g. you and DH get vaccinated). I wouldn’t even be comfortable asking my parents to get vaccinated.
Post # 4
@ExcitedScaredBee: Yep! I got it at my last appointment. We have asked our parents and siblings to get vaccinated. My MIL is a nurse and recommended it as well (she’s already been vaccinated) Our parents and siblings agreed. I figured those are the people that baby will primarily be around. DH is being the biggest baby about it because he hates needles. But he’s actually the one I worry about most since he’s around construction workers all day. And by construction workers, I mean 80% are illegal immigrants that only seek medical care from the ER when needed and aren’t properly vaccinated.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
People aren’t going to go get a vaccine to have contact with your child. I am personally suspicious of the whooping cough campaign anyway. Make everyone wash their hands before touching the baby and if they look or sound sick they aren’t allowed to hold or touch the baby. When I’m not feeling well I wave to the baby from across the room and if the parent tries to get me to come near I let them know i’m not feeling well and don’t want to get their baby sick.
I wouldn’t be passing around my 8 week old to anyone other than immediate family anyway. I always thought doctors recommended to limit contact with other people until the baby is 6-8 weeks old anyway.
Post # 6
We asked our parents, DH’s sister and even my 90 year-old grandmother to please get vaccinated and they were good about it. We wouldn’t ask it of anyone we’re not that close to.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
If someone like parents or other close relatives are going to be spending a lot of time with your baby – like babysitting them. I would ask them nicely to get the vaccine. I am required to get it where I work because of our department’s work with the public. I personally do not have much contact with other people but since it was department policy I went ahead with it.
I work with a lot of people who track comminicable disease and there has been a huge increase of confirmed whooping cough cases in our area. A co-worker of mine (55 yr old male) had it and it was horrible! He coughed for months on end and had to make numerous trips to the hospital.
I felt much better when my soon to be nephew was born knowing that I had the vaccine. FSIL just made a rule when her son was young that if you were coughing or had any noticeable symptoms of infection – you were not allowed to hold the baby. She is nurse and this practice worked for her.
Post # 8
@ExcitedScaredBee: I think it’s wise for you and your spouse/partner to get the vaccine, as well as anyone else who will be around baby a lot (other caregivers).
Post # 9
My doctor told me about the vaccine and recommended anyone who will be in close contact with the baby to get it. DH’s parents live close by, so they will be spending a good amount of time with the baby. I let them know that the doctor recommends them to get the vaccine and left it at that. I didn’t want to sound pushy. I know MIL has been vaccinated since she was a substitute teacher not too long ago, but I don’t think FIL has been. I can’t force him to get the vaccine, so I’ll just ask him to not interact with the baby if he feels sick or has any symptoms.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Plus, I’m pretty sure that is the same vaccine you’re supposed to get every 10 years for tetanus anyway. I guess this new campaign is supposed to be more effective at getting adults to get regular TDap’s. I am up to date but I wouldn’t have known that except that I saw the connection on the CDC website that the TDap is the same vaccine recommended every 10 years for tetanus.
Post # 11
My husband and I each asked our parents. All four of them got the vaccine with no issues. Just be honest and direct, but don’t get too upset if they say no. If anyone has any signs of illness at all, they just don’t hold the baby (or they wear a mask). Also good handwashing practices are always important.
Post # 12
In the UK it is recommended that pregnant women have the vaccine after 28 weeks so their unborn child will receive protection up until the age when they can themselves be vaccinated.
Post # 13
We asked both sets of grandparents, my great-grandma, and my siblings to get the shot. In addition, some good family friends did as well (mom and kids already had it, so just dad). We often have pertussis outbreaks in our area (because we have a strong anti-immunization crowd), and Little Man was born in November, so I felt it was important.
I just told them that it’s one disease that breastfeeding doesn’t protect against and it can be deadly for newborns. No one fought me on it. The only thing to consider is that I think it takes a month to kick in, so people need to get it at least that far in advance of contact with baby.
Post # 14
@ExcitedScaredBee: I mean, people are supposed to get an updated tetanus shot every 10 years. If I was behind on my TDAP, I wouldn’t mind getting it anyway.
Post # 15
@ExcitedScaredBee: I’m going to talk to my doctor about this on Tuesday. I’m concerened about it too! Question: Did you offer to pay for it? How much do the shots cost?
Post # 16
@figgnewton: I wasn’t planning on offering to pay. My DH’s parents live in Canada and they have socialized healthcare, so I’d guess that it’s pretty inexpensive (and might be free if they get it as part of a routine check-up). My parents have really good insurance, so I’m sure it’s mostly covered for them as well (and again, might be covered under an office visit co-pay if they get it as part of a check-up).
If you don’t get it from the Dr, I know you can get it at Walgreens and other pharmacies like that. I’m sure costs vary based on insurance.