Toddler not immunized and going to daycare...

Hanna - posted on 10/25/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Do I need to worry about sending my son (who has not been immunized) to a daycare where there are other children who may be receiving live immunizations at some stage during the year? (There also may be a baby on premises who would most likely be getting immunization). Does this put my toddler at risk? What am I to do about him being around others after they receive immunizations? I'm terribly confused about this all but also not comfortable about conventional immunizations.



Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

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Shauna - posted on 10/26/2012

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Yes! He is waaaay more likely to catch something. I suggest changing your mind and getting him immunized. It could save his life and the life of another childs.

Jodi - posted on 10/25/2012

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The amount/strength of live in a vaccine is not enough to create transmission, so you don't need to be concerned. There IS such a phenomenon as viral shedding, and with the chickenpox vaccine, lack of proper hygiene (eg handwashing) CAN transmit, but it is extremely rare. If you have heard that it happens all the time, or it is a major risk, it really is an anti-vaccine movement myth. There are no studies that have shown it to be commonplace. The risks are miniscule.

Hanna - posted on 10/25/2012

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Thanks Jodi. I don't believe the diseases are harmless but I still feel uncomfortable about injecting a healthy child and I do believe that for the most part these diseases can be treated and and are also less prevalent. However I'm specifically confused about the live vaccines and if non-vaccinated children need to be kept away from children after they get those immunizations...

Jodi - posted on 10/25/2012

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No. Getting a disease from a vaccinated child, while not unheard of, is incredibly rare and therefore completely unlikely. If you are nervous about him catching these diseases, then I don't understand the reason for not vaccinating. Obviously you believe the diseases themselves are harmless.

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