new with question -ChPox Vaccine

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new with question -ChPox Vaccine
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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 7:21pm
Hi,


I have a three year old daughter and a 16 month old son. My Dr. has brought up the option of the chicken Pox vaccine but my husband is to nervous because it's somewhat new. Has anybody had this done for their kids and what if any where the side effects. Did they get the chicken pox later? I would appreciate all answers pro and con.

Thankyou P

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 05-19-2003 - 10:44pm
I know someone will have a link to some reassuring statistics, but I remember having something of the same worry back in '98 when I had my elder child vaxed for chickenpox. Fortunately, we had no problems whatsoever...and what was even better, was that *I* had never had chickenpox, and also received the shot for it...it turned out to be the same day I got pg with dd! I was very nervous that she would "turn out ok" since I read that she might have "congenital chickenpox", but she was fine, and she came through her shots fine, too. A friend of mine was about to get HER shots with her DD (she never had it, either!) and she got it from one of her students about a week before she was scheduled to get the vax...she was quite sick, but they gave her a LOT of good drugs to get her through it, and she really only had a few pox and wasn't in a lot of discomfort (generally, getting cp as an adult is MUCH worse than getting it as a kid...my 19 yo boyfriend got it, and he fared MUCH worse than my other adult friend...so it's hard to predict...my dad also got it at 22 and "nearly died"...he says).

I don't know if that helps you any, but that has been my experience :)

Julie

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-20-2003 - 3:59am
Hi,

the CP vaccine has been around for quite a while. I remeber that my daughter was offered the vaccine in 1997 and her ped said that the vaccine had been around for a bit over a year. So we haev 7 or 8 years of experience with it. When my daughter was offered the vaccine, we declined. However, some years ago, a firend of mine and her newborn daughter and her son caught the WORST strain of chicken pox. The baby suffered for two weeks straight with high fevers, almost a 1000 spots (mom counted) and a double ear infection as a complication. We therefore had our daughter vaccinated when she was 4 years old and she had no problem whatsoever (not even a temperature) from the vaccine. When my son was 6 months, he caught CP (so much for maternal immunity, he was full term and fully nursed and I have a strong titer of CP antibodies, however, this did not protect him). Although DD cuddled with her brother extensively, she never got so much as one spot, so she was protected just fine. I know of a handful of kids who got CP although they were vaccinated, but all only got very few pox and no fever.

Bottom line is, I am very much for the vaccination

good luck with your decison

Catherina

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 12:00am
Here's an article in regards to the efficacy of the CP vax:

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/DailyNews/December2002/ImperfectVaccine24.htm


You also might find this one of interesting:

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/310/6971/2


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