- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
BarbW: I’m a huge believer in vaccines but I wanted to come in and point out that vaccines don’t make your immune from everything. Vaccines are targeted for specific infections and they only work for those infections. Getting an MMR vaccine isn’t going to keep a kid from getting and passing on a cold or flu or chicken pox. And there’s also no reason that an unvaccinated child would cause allergic reactions in someone else. So the concern is if these kids would have one of the illnesses commonly vaccinated for and could pass one of those, specific, illnesses on to someone else, who doesn’t have immunity due to health concerns or not being vaccinated themselves. For example, if one of the kids comes down with Rubella and passes it on to someone who does not have protection against Rubella because they aren’t up on their MMR or they’re immunocomprimised. If the kids aren’t showing any sign of illness at the time of the wedding, the risk of them having one of these infections and passing it on to a wedding guest is quite low. It’s still totally understandable if you don’t want to take even that low risk. But it’s not like getting the kids vaccinated is going to prevent spreading all illnesses or have anything to do with asthma or allergic reactions. I’m just pointing this out because you’re talking about Epi pens and your fiance coming home sick and such and none of that is related to the kids being unvaccinated unless your husband is coming home with an illness for which there is a vaccine. And the flu vaccine only kind of counts since it’s much less effective at preventing all flus than things like MMR or Hepatitis vaccines.