We are in back-to-school mode in the PacNW & the weather has cooperated (that's being generative). Smacking us in the face with rain & cool temperatures on the first day & continuing, as if to say, "What? You wanted to ease into fall??"
And September also brings a celebration for Charlotte who turns 5 this year! Age 5 is a vaccination year too and a reminder to ME that Charlotte, who is on an immune suppressed drug (methotrexate, the go-to drug for children with arthritis) cannot have live vaccinations.
What are live vaccinations?
Well a vaccine is:
a suspension of attenuated or killed microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, or rickettsiae), or of antigenic proteins derived from them, administered for prevention, amelioration, or treatment of infectious diseases.
But a LIVE VACCINE is:
one prepared from live microorganisms that have been attenuated but that retain their immunogenic properties.
So when you get the flu vaccine, you can get the shot or the nasal mist. The nasal mist is a live vaccine, the shot is not. We have to remind the pediatric's that every time. And as her parents, we too, cannot have the live vaccine of any sort, or if we do, we need to stay away from Charlotte for 24 hours. (same goes for sisters!)
Why does this matter for a child on immune suppressed drugs?
Bringing a live virus to a child with an immune suppressed body is like delivering the virus to them on a silver platter. "Here sweetie - here's the flu! Love you lots!" Can't do it.
Who knew right? But now we do & knowing is half the battle :) Happy Fall!