Every parent needs to make their own choices for their babies. It’s part of being a new mother or father and our number one mission is to protect them and take care of them to the best of our abilities. After doing a lot of research, I decided that I was going to ask everyone who planned on being around our precious baby girl to get the Tdap vaccine.
If you’re not familiar with this vaccine it contains Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (better known as Whooping Cough). It is the whooping cough that concerned me as it has a very high chance of being fatal in children under a year old. You usually get this vaccine last at around age 11 or 12 and most people who aren’t around babies never think to get it updated. That’s where I decided to simply ask everyone who’d be visiting us to make sure they get it.
The following information is directly from the CDCThese are just reported cases for the year 2013 and it’s already going up from here this year. Plus, Pertussis can disguise itself as just a cough so many of the cases aren’t reported.
My thing is WHY risk it when it’s as simple as getting a vaccine to be protected? Every parent has to make their own choices for their children and this is mine.