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August 30th, 2011, 08:42 PM
Katie L Katie L is online now
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Kelli--I am a pediatrician and think it is a GREAT idea for close relatives of baby to have the flu shot. While they are at it have them get the Tdap--the shot for pertussis (whooping cough)

The point of having the adults be vaccinated is that baby will be way too young to be vaccinated. But baby will be much more affected by one of those illnesses.

I find that most people who refuse the flu shot as adults feel that is has made them sick in the past. This is either due to coincidence (they already had the flu virus cooking and started to get symptoms) or they had a mild reaction to the body producing antibodies to the flu virus (felt tired or had a fever, but NOTHING like actual flu symptoms).

Bottom line--you are the parent. You are within your rights to make this request or limit visitation to those who are vaccinated.
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