What is the risk of newborns being in contact with...

Question: 

What is the risk of newborns being in contact with un-immunized children ages 6-9 years

Answer: 

An unimmunized newborn would be at risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease from an unvaccinated child if the unvaccinated child were to catch that disease. Also, infants and young children are at higher risk of serious illness if they were to catch a vaccine-preventable disease due to their immature immune systems and physical development.  Once a child has received all of their immunizations, their risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease from an unvaccinated child (or adult) decreases. 

There may be many instances in which a newborn may be in an environment in which there may be people who are not immunized.  It is important to weigh the risks and benefits in making the decision as to whether you want your child to be in that environment.  We encourage you to discuss this further with your primary health care provider or a public health nurse.  You can find the contact information for your local public health unit here.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020