Question about chicken pox

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Question about chicken pox
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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 9:02am

HI everyone, i was wanting your opinion about the chicken pox. My daughters have not had them yet and have never been vaccinated against it. There father has never had it but his brothers and sisters have. Anyway as the risk of getting the chicken pox when they are adults is alot worse than children do you think that by a certain teenage year if they have not contracted it should i get them vaccinated??


They have been around alot of people who have had them but have never picked it up. I just worry a bit and don't want them to get it when there adults. Thanks in advance.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 02-06-2009 - 12:12pm

I had chicken pox when I was 13 .. it was a pretty miserable experience and I had pox everywhere imaginable on my body .. but I sometimes wonder if I recall it being such a miserable thing b/c I was actually old enough to remember all of it (as opposed to being 5 or 6 when I might remember that I had chicken pox, but not how bad they were). At the time, I remember my pediatrician telling my mother it would be better to wait and let me get chicken pox than to be vaccinated .. I'm sure many have varying opinions, and he was an old doctor .. so his ideas about chicken pox vary widely from doctors who are just entering the field nowadays.

I don't know if that helps you any ..



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Registered: 01-02-2009
Fri, 02-06-2009 - 12:47pm

It is also possible to have chickenpox and develop immunity without the actual illness being noticed. Someone did a study on this in the last few years and discovered that a lot of older children were immune, even though no one could remember them actually having had CP.


So it may be worth doing a blood test in their early teens and seeing what actual immunities they've got.


It is a miserable illness in adults, but most survive in good order.


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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 3:16pm
ITA.





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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 02-09-2009 - 1:38pm

"There father has never had it but his brothers and sisters have."

That was my situation too. The doctors had me so afraid that my husband would die if our kid contracted chickenpox.

Scare Tactics aside - here's the facts, you won't hear this from the pro-vaccine medical camp...

Your husband may very well be immune from catching the chickenpox. Not everyone presents symptoms when they build their immunity.

There are blood-tests that can determine if he is or not immune. Same with your teens. I can not explain to you why your doctor won't tell you that. :(

The shot didn't stop my kid from getting a really really really bad case of chicken pox. I sometimes wonder if maybe he would have been like his Dad and exposure after exposure never resulting in a breakout or fever...

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Registered: 08-20-2007
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 10:24am
Thanks guys, 1 DD is 9 and the other is 3. They are both around it in daycare and school and (well at least have never shown any signs of having) chickenpox. My DH is Aboriginal and i don't know whether it is something in there genes but they seem to be the group that does not seem to catch it all that much. Do you think it is possible that it is something in there genes that they have immunity from it?
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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 11:02am

But they have been around CP and had an asymptomatic case - meaning they got maybe a few pox marks and did not realize they even had CP.

That's why you can get a blood test done to see if you have CP titers, based on the results there may or may not be a need for vaccination.






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Thu, 02-19-2009 - 9:00am

A study from Canada found that most children were immune to chickenpox by the age of 10 no matter if they actually had symptoms of illness, or not.

Not sure how that would play out in this age of vaccine crazy medico but would be interesting to run a test to see who is already immune in absence of ever having had the infection.


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Thu, 02-19-2009 - 2:51pm
hello!! so i got both my kids vaccinated against cp, but that was one shot i didnt feel they HAD to have. (they needed it for school purposes so i got it). i got cp when i was 8...my sis was 14. it was pretty bad in both cases-but we survived. my hubby had it when he was a teenager too-and he was pretty miserable. i think that it would be good to have them tested and see if the immunity is there. its possible they had asymptomatic cp like someone else suggested. theyve probably been around it because once the spots appear, thats when the child is not contagious anymore. so if they were going to be exposed, they already have been and havent got them. im not dure if that cp vaccine is all its cracked up to be-my lil nephew got the first dose at age 1-and will get the 2nd one at age 3. well, he would have, but he just had a really bad case of cp about a month ago. they told my sil that the vaccine makes it less severe...and that the booster really builds up the immunity. but neither one guarantees they wont get it. so again, i dont see the point of getting it. i would get the blood test done for piece of mind or for school purposes, but i wouldnt get them the shot if you dont think they need it. take care!!
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 02-19-2009 - 3:30pm

I would like to get a copy of that study if you run across it. I have read the same. What makes me crazy is why don't they run titers before administering the vaccine?

Something so simple!

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 02-19-2009 - 4:03pm

Hi Joanne!

Yes, the doctors tell people that the chickenpox will be less severe if a vaccinated child gets it, but that is not true. I lived that very scenario with my son when he was three yrs old. I then experienced chickenpox with my daughter (who is totally unvaccinated). He had severe chickenpox blisters all over and it lasted for a very very long time - much unlike my unvaccinated daughter's case of chickenpox. She hardly knew she had it (at 3 yrs old).

I have never read anything that would leave anyone to believe that a vaccinated child will get a less severe case so I don't know why pediatric doctor's tell that lie but they are indeed trained to say exactly that.

If anyone has any studies or any information as to why doctors tell this particular lie, I would appreciate your sharing, I have looked but not recently.

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