TDAP for grandparents

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I would let her know, in an email sent by DH, that the vaccination is her choice to get. However, these are your rules. There will be no bending the rules, so if she can’t comply she won’t meet the baby until LO is 6+ months. I would actually tell her a year due to her email insulting your parenting skills. And then I’d ignore every attempt at communication from her.

OP, I’d be livid about what she said to you. She’s treating you and your husband like you’re children who need to be disciplined. How does that make you feel? 

Post # 32
9820 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

favoredone :  There’s no guarantee that the immunity will go the baby in utero. Here the hospital gives the vaccination for free to anyone who wants to visit the baby. There have been multiple whooping cough outbreaks in many areas, and it can be fatal for an infant.

The UK probably doesn’t push vaccines as much partly because they’d have to pay for them for everyone…

Post # 33
3577 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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Westwood :  that’s not true – the vaccine is lots cheaper than treating the disease it prevents.

but yes, here all pregnant women get whooping cough vaccine before the birth and the childhood vaccination programme is really effective. You don’t get many anti vaxers here anymore. The flu jab is heavily promoted (but only free on the NHS for certain people) and many work places have vaccination programmes. 

It isn’t a huge thing here to insist on visitors having vaccinations but then all my immediate family are up to date with their vaccinations 

Post # 34
7571 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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favoredone :  US bee here – it is recommended by the CDC that anyone who will be spending extensive time with the newborn baby get the TDAP. I got the shot in the 3rd trimester and that will pass some immunity onto the baby until she gets her own vaccine, but it’s not ironclad protection. We’re not going to make every single person who visits the baby get the shot, but my husband and the baby’s grandparents, who will be staying with us at our house after baby is born, were all asked to get it and thankfully complied without a complaint.

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