Spinoff: How do you feel about Chicken Pox Vaccines?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Concerned for my own health because of them.  People are getting shingles at younger ages.  A hypothesis for this is because we used to be around kids with chickenpox, and stimulating our immunity.  Now that chickenpox isn’t as prevalent, we aren’t producing antibodies.

If it prevents those who got the vaccine from getting shingles, that generation will be better off.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I got mine and I am glad for it! I was a teenager when I got mine and somehow never managed to catch it, even being around kids who caught it! So I’m glad it was available for me because now, as an adult it would be much worse!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t get the chicken pox vaccine and neither did any of my siblings or cousins or anyone else I knew.  We just got the chicken pox, became itchy for a while, then got over it. 

I was under the impression that you only got the vaccine as an older child (maybe 13+) or adult if you hadn’t gotten the chicken pox to prevent you from getting shingles.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@RunsWithBears:  If someone has never had chickenpox they won’t get shingles.  Shingles occurs when the latent virus already in the body becomes active.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Eh, If I could spare someone the possibility of shingles later in life, I would. It looks incredibly unpleasant. I wish they would vaccinate against herpes simplex in general as 99% of the population or something has been exposed. Also mono… as that became epstien-barr and subsequent hashimoto’s in my case. Yeah, I basically would love it if there was a way to stop all viruses with long term consequences. No such luck though. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I was one of the first people my age to receive the vaccine around 1995 when I was 11 years old. I had been exposed to chicken pox before but never got sick from it. Friends in my neighborhood got some horrible cases (pox down their throats, on their genitals, etc) and a very good friend of mine has horrible scars still from when she got it. Growing up I was always the only one in my classes all through high school to never have had chicken pox and I’m grateful for it.

When I received the vaccine they didn’t even know if you would need a booster later on or not. I received that years later when I was around age 23.

I worked with a woman who at age 22 got shingles. She was mostly just embarrassed picking up her “herpes medication” from the pharmacy. A lot of people don’t realize Chicken Pox is one of eight herpes viruses known to infect humans. She also got cellulitis in the same area as the shingles and it was quite uncomfortable for her. 

I just always prefer to prevent what I can rather than be sick.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was out of school a lot as a child (medical issue, so I was homeschooled a lot) so I never caught the chicken pox. My mother tried to arrange playdates if she knew someone else’s kid had them, but I never caught them. I got the vaccine and haven’t had any issues. I got mine in the early 90s and like@Ms_Purple:, when I got the vaccine it was unknown whether there would be a need for boosters. At the time my doctor said no. I actually still haven’t had one :-/

I would prefer that my kids just catch them and get it over with, but otherwise I would consider getting them the vaccine.

  

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The vaccine wasn’t even an option when I was a kid, at least as far as I know. I had chicken pox when I was maybe 5 or 6, don’t remember it being a big deal. But then in 1994 we moved from Canada to the United States, and part of the immigration proceedings was immunization records. Since I hadn’t had the varicella vaccine and couldn’t PROVE I’d had the chicken pox, I had to get the vaccine anyway. So … I’ve both had the disease AND been vaccinated against it. Haha I’m super immune now!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had a friend get shingles a year or two ago, no thank you. I plan on vaccinating my theoretical children.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@RunsWithBears:  they do the first round of chicken pox vaccine at 12 months now. The second round at 4.

 

 

 

 

 

neither my siblings or I ever ha the chicken pox. My mom actually made me nap/play with a friend who had them when I was younger but I didn’t catch them, never did. I ended up getting the vaccine at like 15 Cause I was worried I would get shingles one day. My brothers got immunized much you get because it was required for school. To this day I don’t know anyone else my age who hasn’t had them and my daughter was already immunized

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The Chicken Pox vac shot was not around when I was a child (70’s child).  My son turns 2 in a week and he did get the shot last year at his 1 year wellness appt.  I prefer to get him all the shots at the correct time. 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I got chicken pox, never got the vaccine, but it turns out my case was mild enough that I’m not immune (Son of a BITCH!)

So now I’m pregnant and had to quit my job in childcare because of the risk that I could get it while pregnant!

It’s a real PITA. I’ll be getting them for my kids!

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