Post # 1
Has anyone gotten the chicken pox vaccine prior to getting pregnant? I never had chicken pox as a kid, and I’ve read that it is important to get vaccinated prior to getting pregnant. I also read that you have to wait at least a month after getting the vaccine before TTC.
I was trying to dig up more information, and saw in a few places that the chicken pox vaccine is a 2-dose vaccine, given 4-12 weeks apart.
Does anyone have experience getting this vaccine?
I have an appointment next week with my gyno to discuss, but was hoping to get the vaccine at my appointment. But it changes our TTC plans if it is a two-dose vaccine given weeks apart.
Post # 3
No one has had the chicken pox (or MMRV) vaccine before getting pregnant?? Maybe I’m the only one who didn’t get chicken pox when I was little…
Post # 4
I had the chicken pox when i was really young, so i dont know about getting a vaccine before TTC. When i tried to google about chicken pox and pregnancy you really get a round a bout answer.
Heres what i found:
Post # 5
I’ve NEVER had the chicken pox as well!
However, I am allergic to the varicella vaccine…basically I had the first dose at ~15 and had an allergic reaction which was too risky for me to get the second dose. It’s been so long now that I’d have to get both doses again, but can’t. (It also concerns me because I wonder if our son has a chance of also being allergic to the vaccine and if it’s given with another vaccine how will we know which he is allergic to?) Anyway I’m sorry that’s not the answer you were looking for or much help, but I just wanted to let you know that your not the only one out there who has never had the chicken pox. Hopefully your doctor can be of more help.
Post # 6
For people over 13 years of age, the varicella vaccine is given in 2 doses, 4-8 weeks apart.
Women should not get pregnant for 1 month after the second dose.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies!!!! I had seen a lot of contradicting information– even the CDC states that it is one vaccine on one page, and then says it’s a two-dose vaccine on the other.
@julies1949: You confirmed my fear that it is 2 doses… I am hoping that if I get my first dose right away (next week), I can get the second dose during the beginning of April, and then start TTC in the middle of May. I don’t know if that is cutting it too close… I guess I’ll have to decide with my doc when I go in next week.
I also read on the CDC’s website that they say to contact your doctor if you get pregnant within THREE months of the vaccine. Worst case scenario (1st dose in March, 2nd dose 8 weeks later in May, and then waiting three months after that to start trying) would put us at Aug/Sept, which seems so far away! But I’m usually the person that likes a little extra padding… I got off BC and planned to wait about 4-6 months before trying…
@pansyshell: That’s very scary that you are allergic. At least you know– maybe there is a test they can do for your son to predict whether he will be allergic as well!
I guess I’ll just wait and see what the doc says next week. Thanks so much ladies!!!
Post # 8
@LoveHappy: Before you even get the vaccine and I am sure your MD will order this, but you need to have a titer drawn (blood work). This will tell you if you even need the vaccine. Many have been exposed or often times had the chicken pox in their younger years and didn’t even know it. This is the case for me so a vaccine for me would be useless.