Vaccinations are a hot topic right now.
I know this post could be considered perhaps a little controversial.
I considered not posting it at all.
But, as a mom who was a bit on the compulsive side when it came to the safety of my own newborn eight short years ago, I remember wanting to pre-screen everyone and everything who came in three degrees of separation of my precious little guy.
Who am I kidding, I’m still on the compulsive side when it comes to my kiddo.
You should see my hand sanitizer collection.
(And remember how I talked about generating worst-case-scenarios when it came to my photo backups? OMG, so much worse in those first few months of motherhood.)
So, with reports about the measles outbreak becoming more and more widespread, I can imagine that there are parents out there wanting to make sure the person handling their newborn and taking photos of her for three hours in those first couple of weeks is taking the necessary precautions.
But let’s get this out of the way first:
This post isn’t about judgement about what you do. This post is about what I do and why.
I am fully vaccinated.
Measles, Whooping Cough, Flu…you name it, I’m vaccinated against it.
I quizzed my doctor a few years ago to make sure I had anything and everything I could get. We checked through my childhood records and did a booster shot or two at that time.
Every year when I go back for my flu shot, I check to see if there’s anything else I can get vaccinated against.
Some people go to the doctor to load up on pills…I go to load up on vaccines.
My immediate family is fully vaccinated too. Flu shots included.
Working with newborns and babies as much as I do, I have a responsibility to protect them from anything within my control.
Heck, I am cautious about doing a newborn session if I have so much as a sniffle.
I am acutely aware that newborns are not fully vaccinated.
And if a newborn caught one of the horrible, preventable diseases that vaccines protect against, it would be so much worse than if an older kiddo or adult caught it. Their immune system isn’t as strong; it is much more likely to be debilitating or even fatal if they were to catch something.
I can’t take that chance.
You can rest assured that I am—and my whole family is—fully vaccinated.
First and foremost, my decision to vaccinate is based upon the most up-to-date, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence, and I do it in order to keep me and my family safe from preventable diseases.
But additionally, I vaccinate myself and my family in order to keep you, your family, and that precious little newborn safe.
So, there you have it…your newborn photographer is vaccinated.
It’s one less thing to worry about as a new parent.
Speaking of precious little newborns, here’s a recent newborn session I did.