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I have read that grandparents and other close members of the family need to update their immunisations before a baby arrives? Is this true?


Posted by mom90511, 1st October 2015


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  • Whole family had flu and whooping cough before baby arrived.


  • I didn’t insist my family doing this and haven’t experienced problems.


  • Better if they do but not essential


  • I’ve never thought of this, but it’s a very good idea.


  • Yes absolutely as whooping cough effects elder people and small babies more than anyone else! If they want snuggles then make sure you tell them to get it done! I have seen babies with whooping cough in a hospital… Trust me, you don’t want to see that and you sure don’t want your baby contracting it


  • I think it’s a good idea especially against whooping cough.


  • the only one that we were advised about was the whooping cough. Everyone who was going to be in close contact with the baby is supposed to have their immunisations to be able to be around the baby. Also if the mother has low ruebella immunity, they will get her immunisations up to date after baby is born.


  • They are usually referring to whooping cough vaccinations, as the newborn is not yet vaccinated against this.


  • Whooping cough vaccination is a good idea, I work in a Health Service and we have Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles coming in all the time getting their vaccinations up-to-date.


  • I insisted that my parents got the whooping cough vaccination prior to my baby’s arrival. They also got their flu shots.


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