Sandra says, “I didn’t get many vaccinations for our daughter, who is now 3 and a half. She only had the first three vaccines, but then I decided we weren’t going to vaccinate. I had no idea how important vaccines are, and as a new parent, I had no one to help me. Now I feel horribly guilty. Her doctor never said a thing and neither did anyone else.
We have a new baby on the way and I’m worried about her safety being around my mostly unvaccinated daughter. I’m worried about them both.
Is it too late to get my daughter the vaccines she needs? Will they work properly now that she’s older?”
Sandra, it’s okay. Now that you know how important vaccines are you need to take action. It is never too late to get vaccinated.
If your doctor isn’t acknowledging the importance of vaccines, it’s time to get a new one. All your child’s doctor needs to do is follow the catch-up schedule from the CDC. I suggest you document every shot she gets and to follow along with the schedule, as you are the one in charge of making sure she’s getting what she needs. Doctors have many patients and she could easily slip through the cracks if you aren’t proactive.
It’s important that you get the boosters in the time increments that the schedule suggests so that the shots work properly.
The vaccines will work properly at her age, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Go! Start these vaccinations right away so that your daughter will offer some herd immunity protection to your fragile newborn.
Now that you know how important vaccines are, don’t be afraid to have your new baby immunized on the recommended schedule. It’s a safe and effective way to provide protection from vaccine-preventable diseases!