When I started nursing school I found out that I'm not immune to varicella and I got 2 vaccines. After that my titer level was still low. I got a prescription for another vaccine, but after 3rd vaccine the abs level didn't go up as well. At my last physical, the doctor said that I shouldn't get another vaccine because my body is not responding to the vaccine. She said that she believes that even the level is very low I have "some" protection.
Now that I'm almost done with the nursing school, we decided with my husband to have another child. It seemed like perfect time, I nursing school I have only one patient a week, my older son will go to pre-k next year.
We already are trying to get pregnant and here where the problem starts... My pediatric rotation is coming up in 6 weeks and yesterday my the pediatric professor stopped by. I went to talk with her about my low varicella titer and her answer was: "You should be very very careful! If you are pregnant this could turn out very tragic." She scared me so bad...
I'm trying to rationalize the whole situation. Most of children with varicella are not hospitalized, and pregnant or not my clinical instructor wouldn't give me a patient with varicella because I'm not immune to it. I think I have a higher risk when I go to playground with my son, or when I'm in the subway. I live in New York City where most of the people are from different countries and probably are not vaccinated. I think that my risk is greater outside the hospital where I don't know who is sitting next to me. In hospital at least you know the patient's history.
I would never make a decision that would harm my unborn baby. I really need some input, please. Encouragement, discouragement...