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September 12th, 2012, 09:10 PM
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My children are unvaccinated. I've never thought much about it until my 2 year old is seeming more and more to have asthma. If not asthma, then a pretty severe case of reactive airway disease. When he gets a mild cold, he is wheezy and on breathing treatments around the clock and really struggling with his airway for a good few days.

I am worried specifically about pertussis, and his doctor is now recommending the flu vaccine (which I would have never considered before). Truthfully, if he had pertussis, he would for a fact be in the hospital and it would be very ugly. I know most people who get pertussis have been vaccinated, but from what I am reading it seems like it's because the vaccine wears off after a much shorter time than they had suspected.

I am trying to decide if the vaccine would even just give him protection for a year or two until he is old enough to handle it a little bit better.

What would you do? I am so torn. I really didn't think we would vaccinate at all, but now seeing how hard he gets hit with just a mild cold, I am scared.
mama to 5 yr old DS1 , 3 year old DS2 , and nursling DD .
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September 14th, 2012, 12:59 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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hmmmm i dunno. a friend of mine who does not vax, her son has an autoimmune issue and is on immunosuppresion drugs and she did selectively vax. I think you are past 2yo, and if you pick ones specific to his condition, then if you feel comfortable do it. This is all about weighing the risks and benefits and the benefits of the vax may outweigh it.

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