|traveling internationally :/
||[Dec. 11th, 2008|05:52 am]
I posted this to the breastfeeding community as I wanted to know whether any of my immunity from vaccines would be passed through breast milk to my daughter. |
I got a lot of advice to vaccinate her before we left. I have no idea what to do! Opinions please?
My husband and I will be visiting his family in the Philippines in February. We will be taking our daughter who will be 8 months old.
We have been planning to delay vaccinations for her as we felt it was the right choice for us in Australia. My husband wants us to have her immunized before going to the Philippines however. I am still torn on the issue as I had not anticipated traveling internationally before she was two.
You have to ask a doctor who is into delaying vaccinations. I had to ask the same thing because we are going to France to see my husbands family. I was told that if she's going anywhere where there is contaminted water, get the killed Polio vaccine. I'm assuming in the Phillipines there's contaminated water. And if the child should get injured in any way while you're there, get a tetanus shot. I'm sure there is different advice for the Phillipines though, but I'd definitely get her a Polio shot.
Also, you have to check to see if there are laws about letting unvaccinated in and out of the country. Some countries don't allow it. I learned there is not an issue there from US to France but it may be different from Autstralia to the Phillipines.
With regards to tetanus - if the child has already been injured and there's risk of tetanus (with a deep puncture wound or other wound that doesn't bleed), it isn't the tetanus vaccine you need, but the immune globulin.
I've heard that mothers don't convey much immunity from vaccines through breastmilk, but I don't know for sure.
First, generally, no vaccines are required to travel anywhere. Some may be recommended, and if there's currently an outbreak in a country, then governments might deny access to the unvaccinated.
This is from the American Centers for Disease Control. Remember, they want to push vaccines. They "recommend" a lot, but nothing is required. http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationPhilippines.aspx
Polio is not listed as a risk in the Philipines.
Most so-called vaccine preventable diseases occur from close contact with someone with the disease or by drinking contaminated water.
You can only get tetanus by getting a deep puncture wound that doesn't bleed, or that isn't cleaned properly, and that wound needs to be inflicted by something currently buried in dirt or feces. It's really hard to get tetanus, especially as an infant. Tetanus is a disease of senior citizens.
If you want more disease-specific info, let me know and I'll point you to some links.