Ok internets, I’ve been thrown a curve ball and I’d like your thoughts.
It seems, from my blood work, that I am neither rubella (German measles) nor vericocella (chicken pox) immune. I find this highly odd, as I have definitely had the MMR vaccine (and possibly a booster too), and I definitely had chicken pox when I was young.
My clinic recommends that I get immunized prior to attempting to conceive. Measles is a 4 week wait, chicken pox is a two-dose vaccine, with 4 weeks between each. So two months in total.
I have to conceive before June to take advantage of extended mat leave from my funding.
My instinct is to sign the waiver form, continue with the letrozole, and then, if those three cycles fail, get vaccinated in the interim while we decide about IVF/switch clinics/etc.
I am flabbergasted by this. I am a furious scientist and citizen when interacting with anti-vax people. I can’t believe that (a) I’m running around non-immune, and (b) I’m considering staying that way knowingly, and (c) the anti-vax idiocy means I actually need to worry about German measles (there was a case on my school campus two weeks ago, as a chilling underline to that).
I am also really upset about this because the problem I have with fertility treatments is it seems like a rapidly shifting slippery slope of escalating treatments, and timelines, and urgency, and this is a prime example. Should I delay two months on the chance I will pick up either of these infections while pregnant? Should I push forward, because time is ticking and, while there is never a good time to have a baby in an academic career, this is pretty close to optimal? Your two cents, please (unless they are that vaccines are bad, in which case, I am sorry, but we will never be friends and you probably should unfollow me).