I’m unvaccinated. What are the risks?
I have not been vaccinated as a child, but I did have one vaccination which is the one I took age 14(polio and something else)
What is the worst that could happen, what can I do to prevent this and is it better if I’m vaccinated?
- RoddyLv 75 months ago
Although the risks of catching diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and diphtheria are highest for children (which is why infant vaccination is so important) you are still at risk, especially if you mix with children (even just on a bus).
Many of the diseases against which you should have been vaccinated can be deadly.
The vaccination you were given at 14 was intended as a booster to improve the immunity given by the vaccinations you should have had as an infant. Since you didn't get any in infancy, the booster will have given only a tiny portion of the expected immunity.
See your doctor and get the full set of vaccinations done to protect you from now on. Expect to be given DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis); MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella); Polio; BCG (Tuberculosis); and Meningitis vaccines at least. The doctor may also recommend some others.
- EdnaLv 76 months ago
You've been vaccinated only against polio and "something else". I certainly don't know what "something else" is, but by being unvaccinated, you're at risk of contracting diphtheria (one of the most contagious and deadly illnesses that there is); whooping cough; tetanus; measles, mumps; chicken pox; and German measles. I think you need to get yourself vaccinated.
Cases of diphtheria and small pox have recently been reported among the hoard of unvaccinated illegals (who have never been vaccinated against anything) attempting to cross the border between the US and Mexico; some of whom are being held in holding facilities on the US side of the border. Those people can re-introduce those diseases back into the US; and you, because you've never been vaccinated, are at serious risk to contract one of them,
- The First DragonLv 76 months ago
No vaccinations at all?
Well, what has happened so far? Did you get any disease that other people are vaccinated against?
I am not 100% against vaccination, nor 100% for all vaccinations. I decide on a case by case basis.
I got Pertussis even though I HAD been vaccinated against it. They are not all 100% effective, BTW I did recover. And nobody caught it from me. I also know a woman who got Pertussis while she had a newborn baby. The doctor told her to nurse him at least until she recovered, to strengthen his immunity against it. Yup, even sick mothers, or especially sick mothers, are told to nurse the baby to protect it from the illness.
Now, polio is pretty much wiped out in the US. But if you travel somewhere that polio is endemic, you might catch it, though probably not if you wash your hands and don't share drinks or food.
So if you decide to travel to a country where some disease is endemic, you might consider vaccination. In fact, the US government requires it in some cases.
- ckngbbblsLv 76 months ago
you can get what ever diseases come around that you weren't vaccinated for.
AND you can have them before they show symptoms and pass them to people who are immune compromised or little babies who are too young for the vaccinations.
Take this problem to your doctor.
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- AlexanderLv 76 months ago
Duh. See your doctor.
- Andy CLv 76 months ago
You could get Measles and spread it to a baby <1yo who cannot yet benefit from the vaccine due to breast milk antibodies and kill it.
You could be a baby killer!