I haven't been able to find a good answer to my question so I'm hoping some of you ladies can point me in the right direction.
- My daughter is 9 months and we do not plan to give her the flu vaccine (any) this year
- She is with me about 23.5 hours/day (ie dad watches her in the next room when I'm taking a shower or on an occasional work call) so we are always exposed to all the same people
- She is breastfeeding
Should I get the seasonal flu or H1N1 vaccine this year? I don't generally get the vaccine but I have before with no ill effects so I'm not particularly worried about side effects for me.
However, I'm wondering if it does her more harm than good for me to get the vaccine(s). Because she is with me basically all the time, we would both be exposed to illness at the same time (of course, I don't lick the toys).
If I got vaccinated, little immunity goes to her, if any, right? So that's not helpful to her except having a healthy mommy to take care of her.
If I were vaccinated and we were exposed, she would likely get sick and I probably wouldn't. Does that mean that my immune system wouldn't give her the same support if I hadn't gotten the vaccine?
If this is the case, it seems like it would be best for me to not get the vaccine so my body would be fighting it with my daughter.
Of course, I don't want either of us to get sick!