(Closed) Chickenpox Vaccine- Do I or Don't I????

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: To vaccinate or not- that is the question
    Yes- Get the chicken pox vaccine : (74 votes)
    78 %
    No- Let him get the real thing : (21 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I would trust your health care provider on this over people on the internet for this. There are fairly polar oppions on stuff like this and a real, trained medical proffesional would be a much better resouce than us! 

    That said, baring allergies to vaccines, the benefits to vaccines has been shown to far outweight the problems. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My dad was never immunized as a child, and he got shingles a few years back. It nearly blinded him. I’m no doctor but we were told it was tied to the fact that he got chickenpox as a child. 

    Just food for thought!

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Yes, absolutely! Obviously you should talk to your doctor about this, but the risks of the vaccine are significantly lower than the health risks related to chicken pox! And keep in mind, by immunizing your child, you are protecting other children as well! If your doctor reccomends the vaccine, trust him 🙂

    I also had chicken pox as a child anf survived, but my brother had it and it almost killed him. He had them in his throat and had to be intubated until the swelling went down so he could breathe. Not trying to scare you, but some of the health risks associated with chicken pox are pretty severe, even if a majority of the cases are relatively harmless. Good luck with your decision! I know it can be a hard one to make, but trust your doctor 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @mrskisstobe:  You survived but there are many children that get horrible scars from the pox because they couldn’t stop scratching.  Plus, if your son has seizure issues and the vaccine itself won’t affect them but the fever associated with chicken pox would, this is a no-brainer in my book.  Vaccine wins over illness that may cause my child unnecessary seizures.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @mrskisstobe:  Children don’t get natural immunity from chicken pox from breastfeeding.  They do get natural immunities to other things but chicken pox is not one of them (that’s why there’s a vaccine.)

    Also, “This type of immunity is short-lived, lasting the first six months of the newborn’s life.”

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My daughter will be getting that vaccine.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would and I did, for my son.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Definitely.  Epidemiologists who are the world experts at studying this stuff recommend it – that’s enough for me.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I never got the chicken pox as a child and was too old to get the vaccine for free from the health department when it came out.  I’m going to get the vaccine now because if I catch it as an adult, it’s going to be dangerous for me.  (I have had my titers checked and my doctor verified that I do not have the antibodies for it already.)  They won’t give the shingles vaccine until the age of 65, and I’m nowhere near that age, but will get that one as I can too.

    With so many children being immunized now, there is a possibility that your son might not catch it naturally as a child to get the immunity.  

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @sanjessica:  That is a good point — you can only get shingles if you’ve had the chicken pox, so if you never get the chicken pox thanks to immunizations then I assume you would avoid shingles later on. That would be a wonderful thing because my dad also had shingles and it was miserable and incredibly painful.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The only thing to remember about vaccinations, especially for a common childhood illness like chicken pox, is that he’ll need to continue to get vaccinated for his lifetime.  As adults, we often forget these things and it’s easy to slip through the cracks if we change GP’s over time.  Having gotten infected with chicken pox usually gives life-long aquired immunity but vaccines only provide temporary passive immunity.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My daughter had the vaccine, but as the doctor predicted, her case of chicken pox (a few years later) was extremely mild.  A couple of pox on her face and a few on her stomach.  If she hadn’t had the vaccine, it would have been a much worse scenario … and I’ve seen that first hand.  I’d totally recommend the vaccine.

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