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Pediatrics/Vaccines for extended family (grandparents etc.)


My wife and I will be having a baby in January and were told that we should have extended family (grandparents etc.) get flu and Tdap vaccines in order to see the newborn. My parents are refusing; should we deny them from seeing their grandchild. Or should it be ok if they stay in a hotel and not in the house with the newborn? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

It is difficult for me to  answer this question. The decision depends on the local  risk factors. Usually newborn babies receive anti bodies to all infections common in that locality and are protected. There may be some reason for this recommendation. It is better to consult a Pediatrician in your locality.  


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Dr. Arun Kumar Suri


I can answer questions in the field of general pediatrics-questions regarding the development of children, immunization, feeding, weaning and common childhood problems like fever, cough and recurrent illness. Many of these topics are dealt with on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. Often a mother imagines that her child is sick when in fact there is no problem. Such a mother needs explanation and reassurance. I will not be able to answer specific questions regarding diagnosis.


I have more than 20 years of experience as a Pediatrician. I have been involved in the care of premature babies and also many critically ill children.

I am attached to a Mission hospital in a small town in the Kannur dist. of Kerala in India. I also have my private clinic in a nearby place.

Most of my articles are on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. I have also contributed articles to Ezine Articles and Article City. I believe that Pediatrics is more than treating diseases in children. I advocate holistic approach to child health and problems of children giving equal importance to physical, psychological and spiritual health of children.

M.B.B.S. D.C.H. I have completed a distant course in adolescent health conducted by IMA AKN SINHA INSTITUTE. I have also completed an online course on Ayurvedic care of children conducted by Jiva Institute.

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My website has been recognized by HONcode for trustworthy information on health. It has also been listed by, and

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