Pertussis Booster?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Pertussis Booster?
Thu, 10-10-2013 - 2:27pm

I have a friend on FB who is due to have a baby within the next month.  She posted that she is requiring anyone who will be coming into contact with the baby get a pertussis booster beforehand.

Do you think her request is valid?   What if you didn't want to get one, would you lie about it so you could see the baby?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 10-10-2013 - 4:08pm
I think as a parent that is her right, her main concern is to protect her child and if this is one way she feels is important, its her right. I would not lie about, I would abstain from seeing the baby. Pertussis is a hard thing for very little children to handle and can cause significant problems. It also is not always something that would be something an adult, or older child, who very well may have it, would automatically know they had. My daughter had it and was in and out of the doctor for almost 2 months before they finally diagnosed that that was what she had.