I recently spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald regarding dealing with vaccinations and visitors when you have a newborn.

My recommendations are:

  • Women should be vaccinated against influenza and whooping cough during pregnancy. This offers the best possible protection to the baby
  • Ask people to be immunised if they will be caring for the baby in close proximity in the first six months of life (usually direct family members such as parents, siblings and grandparents)
  • Any other friends or relatives can be unvaccinated but should be instructed to not visit if showing any signs of illness until they are completely healthy
  • Those caring for or touching the baby should maintain good hand hygiene
  • Ensure infants are vaccinated against the flu and whooping cough as soon as they are eligible

“The anti-vaxxer movement has polarised our community. There are those that trust the medical profession in preventing illness through vaccination, whilst others believe there is harm created,”

 

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