My husband and I recently learned we are pregnant and I am struggling with only 1 thing. We have these family members who are very grass roots and strictly against immunization and they have chosen not to immunize their child despite the fact that in the past, she has suffered from German measles/Rubella already…and with the recent measles outbreak they have continued to refuse to immunize their child. I have completely respected their decisions despite the fact that I am a nurse and am absolutely PRO immunization. This is their choice and I have not questioned it. Now I know there is that awkward period from when a new baby is born until they can actually get an immunization shot, and we as parents absolutely know that we will be immunizing our children…this will be our choice.
Here is where I struggle. Do I let my family members come to visit and touch my newborn knowing that they all may be carriers of one of the big MMR diseases?? Or do I risk the family drama and tell them to stay away until my child is immunized? Opinions and thoughts please!!!
Re: immunization dilemma
I'm really not overly concerned about infants and germs. My son was born during flu season, and I wasn't squeamish about taking him out right away. I never made my friends or family sanitize their hands before holding him. However, things like immunizations are different. Especially with the recent measles outbreak.