Flu & Whooping Cough
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|Mon, 10-03-2011 - 8:47pm|
I know we talked about the flu shot, but I wanted to put this out there and get some opinions or see what you all are doing. My aunt (who is a nurse) recommended that anyone coming into contact with the babies be vaccinated against whooping cough and also have a flu shot. I have never had a flu shot but do plan on having one, and I will also receive the whooping cough vaccine post-partum. Out of curiosity, I spoke with the nurses here as well and they've said that it's not a bad idea for people to have both. After talking about whooping cough and researching it, I definitely want to be vaccinated against it...it just scares me. (There's been a big push here in CA about vaccinating against it...commercials are on all the time. And I'm not sure if this is just a local thing, but schools here are requiring all kids in grades 7-12 have the whooping cough vaccine otherwise they're not allowed to be in school.) We're already limiting the people who will be allowed into the NICU to immediate family only, and I don't want a revolving door of visitors at home until the babies are a little bigger and stronger, so I'm thinking my concern will only apply to a small number of people. Because they'll be preemies (even if "only" by 5 weeks), I know this increases the possibility of complications, especially as we enter sick season. My mom was vaccinated for both today, and my brother (who will be living with us) will be vaccinated.
At what point am I being overly paranoid? Would you request that anyone coming into contact with the babies be vaccinated? What is the most polite way to let people know that I prefer they be vaccinated before coming to visit?